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SPOTLIGHT! The Pact (The Illustrated Colonials, Book One) by Tom Durwood @TDurwood



The Pact


(The Illustrated Colonials, Book One)


By Tom Durwood



Publication Date: 22nd June 2021


Publisher: Empire Studies Press


Page Length: 218 Pages


Genres: Young Adult / Historical Fiction / Adventure



Six international teens join the American Revolution.


Coming of age and making history.


They went into 1776 looking for a fight. Little did they know how much it would cost them…


Six rich kids from around the globe join the Bostonian cause, finding love and treachery along the path to liberty.


A new perspective one on of history’s most fascinating moments.


Amply illustrated edition of a young-adult historical fiction novel.




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Tom Durwood



Tom Durwood is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history. Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. Tom has taught Public Speaking and Basic Communications as guest lecturer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the Dam’s Neck Annex of the Naval War College.


Tom’s ebook Empire and Literature matches global works of film and fiction to specific quadrants of empire, finding surprising parallels. Literature, film, art and architecture are viewed against the rise and fall of empire. In a foreword to Empire and Literature, postcolonial scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty of the University of Chicago calls it “imaginative and innovative.” Prof. Chakrabarty writes that “Durwood has given us a thought-provoking introduction to the humanities.” His subsequent book “Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism” has been well-reviewed. “My favorite nonfiction book of the year,” writes The Literary Apothecary (Goodreads).


Early reader response to Tom’s historical fiction adventures has been promising. “A true pleasure … the richness of the layers of Tom’s novel is compelling,” writes Fatima Sharrafedine in her foreword to “The Illustrated Boatman’s Daughter.” The Midwest Book Review calls that same adventure “uniformly gripping and educational … pairing action and adventure with social issues.” Adds Prairie Review, “A deeply intriguing, ambitious historical fiction series.”


Tom briefly ran his own children’s book imprint, Calico Books (Contemporary Books, Chicago). Tom’s newspaper column “Shelter” appeared in the North County Times for seven years. Tom earned a Masters in English Literature in San Diego, where he also served as Executive Director of San Diego Habitat for Humanity.


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