Book Trailer Premiere: Lafayette! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8): A Revolutionary War Tale by Nathan Hale

Hello, Nathan Hale! Happy Wednesday! As I travel around the country learning about which books young readers are excited about, the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series comes up ALL the time. You’re going to make MANY readers happy when Lafayette: A Revolutionary War Tale publishes on October 16, 2018.

Nathan Hale: Hello Mr Schu! Last time I saw you was at NERDCAMP this past summer. I'm excited to be here and to show my new book trailer for the eighth Hazardous Tale book.

NERDCAMP is always a fun time! Thank you for sharing Lafayette's book trailer. 

I wrote the words in purple, and Nathan wrote the words in black. 

The book trailer for Lafayette! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8): A Revolutionary War Tale has many of the things readers of the series have come to expect: battles, explosions, goofy historical characters--but there are a few unexpected things in this book, too. For the first time, a Hazardous Tales book has some romance in it, watch out for that. There's an actual werewolf from French history, definitely watch out for that. And there are plenty of other great surprises in store for fans of the series.

Gilbert du Motier was just a teenager when he was made a general in the Revolutionary War. Many young readers will already know about his friendship with Alexander Hamilton. I didn't realize when starting out, just how close he was with George Washington—they had a deep friendship that's fun to watch. In my research, I was able to read Lafayette's journals and really get a feel for his personality. He's funny, he's idealistic, and he's a little bit crazy—and, it turns out, he's a pretty good general too.

Did you know the famous French flag, the tricolor we all know, didn't come along until the French Revolution? When Lafayette was in America, the flag of the kingdom of France was pretty much the opposite of the simple tricolor. It featured: a giant jeweled crown, tiny knight's helmets, a winged angel, a bird doing a nose-dive, about sixty fleur de lise, and two naked babies. In other words, it's the greatest flag in history. I've put a full diagram of it in the book. You have to see it to believe it.

School libraries are my favorite libraries. I visit many, many, many school libraries each year when I do school visits. My favorite thing to do is dive into the stacks to see what kind of non-fiction history books are hiding there. I like to use these books in my presentation. Sometimes there are old, out of date books, sometimes there are giant adult-level history books, you never know. But they are always great collections. And I like to leave the students at the schools I visit with a desire to jump into that non-fiction section to see what kind of things they can unearth.

Story is my top priority with these books. The educational aspects, the history information, the research, is all my secondary concern. My main concern: I want the reader to get lost in the story, the adventure--the WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!?! I hope that readers feel that when they read about the young, reckless, wacky french noblemen, LAFAYETTE!

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me… 

Is there historical barfing in this book? Yes!
Is there battle-ruining historical pooping in this book? Yes!
Does Alexander Hamilton sing in this book? Yes, but only in your imagination!


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