Based on actual historical events, Griffin's novel draws readers into a period of history that is both exciting and intriguing, while presenting a solid introduction to this crucial time period of our country. Set in Manhattan in 1776, this book tells the story of 13-year-old Phoebe, a free black, who works in the home of George Washington, who was at the time a Revolutionary War general. Appearances can be deceiving, however; for Phoebe is not an ordinary housekeeper, but a spy who is there to protect Gen. Washington from an assassination plot. Author Griffin, centers this compelling story on Phoebe, a "regular" girl who affects the course of history. This unique novel is rife with compelling period details, and real drama that has the possibility of opening up discussions about how ordinary kids can make a big difference in someone's life. Use it as a tool to inspire children to share their own experiences about helping others. A shining star of a book.