Brian Schmit is the author of "Aide-de-Camp; The Adventures of Alex Hamilton" a novel of historical fiction, and "A Friend of America" a chapter book used primarily in middle school American history classrooms. Both books are published under Brian's own publishing company, Yankee Doodle Press. Brian has a degree in American History from the University of Minnesota, along with a certification in secondary education from Augsburg College. Brian has taught history and coached track and field at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level for more than twenty years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a book that history teachers could use in their classrooms. In the past I would use books like Johnny Tremain, Fever, Red Badge of Courage, etc.. The stories were great, but for the amount of time I dedicated to reading the books in class, they just didn't provide enough factual information from my curriculum. So When I wrote A Friend of America, I made sure it was loaded with factual information that would be pertinent for the middle school history classroom. The response from teachers has been fantastic!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As I writer I can share with my students in a captivated reading environment. Kids like to listen to and read stories more than they like to read facts out of a textbook. Having the ability to get them factual information within the context of a story allows for a connection to be made between the student and the curriculum in an enjoyable and effective manner.
Seventeen year old Alexander Hamilton and his best friend Hercules Mulligan travel to Boston to stave off an assassination attempt on the leaders of the Sons of Liberty. Along the way they learn about the American Revolution and meet patriots like John and Abigail Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams. Alex and Hercules get caught up in the revolutionary spirit as they join the fight!