"A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent"

Told for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Lafayette—an enslaved person who spied for George Washington’s army during the American Revolution. But while America celebrated its newfound freedom, James returned to slavery. His service hadn’t qualified him for the release he’d been hoping for. For James the fight wasn’t over; he’d already helped his country gain its freedom, now it was time to win his own.

Read by Bryson Bruce, who is Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in the North American Tour of Hamilton.

“A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent” written by Anne F. Rockwell and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Text copyright © 2016 by Anne F. Rockwell. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Floyd Cooper. Reprinted with the permission of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

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