Meet the Marquis de Lafayette, an adventurer who made history before he was even out of his teens! In this Sibert Honor-winning biography, acclaimed author Russell Freedman introduces readers to this important historical figure. Featuring historical illustrations to help tell the story, this compelling account is guaranteed to intrigue readers — and makes a great starting point for reports. Freedman's award-winning books — Lincoln: A Photobiography and Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery — make him a kid-favorite author whom teachers respect. Lafayette was one of the richest men in France. He could have just sat back and enjoyed a life of luxury, but at 19 years old, he defied his family and the king of France by running off to join the American Revolution. Even though he'd never set foot on a battlefield, he soon earned the respect of his fellow soldiers with his courage and unflagging devotion to liberty. This daring soldier helped bring victory at Yorktown, joined George Washington at Valley Forge, and became a lifelong friend of the first president.