The Scarlet Stockings Spy

By Trinka Hakes Noble

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Book Summary

In 1777 the people of Philadelphia know the British will attack. They have no idea when this will happen. Maddy Rose helps her Mother with her job as a seamstress. She is also a Patriot rebel, loyal to America. She is a spy! Maddy Rose creates secret codes to pass information to her brother Jonathan. He then passes the important information to the Patriot leaders.


1777 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leather Apron District near the harbor


Maddy Rose


Jonathan- brother

Mistress Ross- Quaker woman who Maddy works for along with her mother

Seth- Jonathan's friend

Trinka Hakes Noble

Trinka Hakes Noble grew up on a small farm in Michigan with six brothers and sisters. She loved to draw as a child and knew in the second grade that she wanted to be an artist. She loves the smell of crayons. Today Mrs. Noble lives on a small farm in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

Recommended Reading

  • Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution by Avi
  • George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer
  • George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen

The Revolutionary War

Life in the thirteen colonies was very different from life in England. After England won the French and Indian War in 1763, the British decided the colonists should pay taxes to England. The war had been very expensive. The colonists didn't agree and became very angry. Several new tax acts were created. The Sugar Act (taxed molasses), the Quartering Act (provided troops with supplies while stationed in the colonies), and the Stamp Act (required stamps for legal documents, newspapers, and business forms). The colonists did not think they should be taxed when they were not represented in England. They believed No Taxation Without Representation.



Werstein, Irving. "Revolutionary War." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2014. Web. 4 Feb. 2014.