Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution by Louise Borden was first published in 2000. It tells the story of Henry, a young boy trying to live a normal life in Boston in December of 1774. The last royal governor, General Thomas Gage has closed the harbor and there was little work for the men on Long Wharf which had been the busiest pier in North America. (The harbor can be toured by boat or by public transit ; it is also adjacent to the New England Aquarium ) “Every day, there were more and more of the king’s soldiers marching on Boston Common.” But all Henry wants to do is use the new sled he received for his ninth birthday. When he gets to the sledding hill, he discovers that the soldiers have camped in the middle of the sled runs on Boston Common. Gathering his courage, he approaches General Gage about the ruined sled runs. After a long conversation, the General authorizes sledding over the commons and instructs the soldiers to keep the ice unbroken on one of the ponds. Henry manages to get his sledding in, flying down the hill over and over again until it is time to hurry back to school for afternoon lessons.
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