Katie’s Trunk

written by Ann Turner, illustrated by Ronald Himler

Katie, whose family is not sympathetic to the rebel soldiers during the American Revolution, hides under the clothes in her mother's wedding trunk when they invade her home.

The beginnings of the American Revolution are seen from a different perspective, that of a Tory family. When the family runs to the woods to avoid marauding rebel forces Katie choses to go back into the house with all the things she loves. She hides in her mother's wedding trunk but is certain she will be found when she hears the scavenging men come into the bedroom. The watercolor illustrations effectively portray the text and this period in history.

This book is great for encouraging thinking beyond previously learned facts and formed opinions. Did Katie's neighbor really save her? He was an active rebel and she was from a Tory family . . . Said to be based on a true story of an ancestor of the author.