My 10 year-old was required to read this and it was a pretty good book about the life of business and other concerns of a family trying to survive and run a business during the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, the book ends with the authors suggesting that perhaps the Revolutionary War wasn't necessary or worth the struggle. Do the authors really think that Britain would have finally said "Okay, America, go ahead and have your own country, we're sick of your whining". Pleeeease!! Parents, be aware of the subtext in everything your kids read.