Sam is a young boy living on the cusp of America's Revolutionary War. Day by day, tension continues to mount, as the colonists seem to be always at odds with the British. Sam's own father is one of the many minutemen in their town of Lexington, Massachusetts. This means Sam's father must be ready to fight at a minute's notice — no matter what time of day or night. One night, Paul Revere gives the call to arms, and every man and boy is needed. This means Sam must fight, too. Sam is frightened and must fight his fears along with fighting the British. Even after is best friend is wounded, Sam fights bravely in the first battle of the war. Sam the Minuteman is a well-loved title in this publisher's "I Can Read" series. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and straightforward illustrations by Arnold Lobel make this story, from the explosive and complex beginning of our nation's history, accessible to even the most emerging reader.