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Title: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood
Author: Nathan Hale
Illustrator:  Nathan Hale
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Spy Nathan Hale, the Provost, and the Hangman are back in book four of the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series to give an overview of the events of World War I. Staying true to the past installments, it presents a very heavy topic with the perfect blend of humor and gravity. Each country is represented by a different animal (often times coinciding with the country’s national animal), but at key points in the narrative characters are drawn as human to remind readers that these are events that actually took place. It also illuminates how destructive and world changing emerging technologies were as soldiers entered the war on horseback and left it in tanks. Mapping out and explaining the events of WWI is a massive undertaking and Hale does an excellent job. This story is not meant to be a final stop in learning about WWI, but a beginning to give readers a context for other aspects of the war.

The Amulet Books Graphic Novel Teaching Guide has multiple ideas for how to use this graphic novel across curriculum as well as how reading it can be used to fulfill common core standards. 

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