Accused of murder and called a pirate by the British, John Paul Jones overcame all obstacles to become the father of the American Navy. Readers will imagine themselves right beside the bold John Paul Jones, as he lures enemy craft into danger and engages them in close combat. Jones, a talented young captain, becomes an invaluable figure in America’s fight for independence when he offers his sailing skills to the Continental Navy.
In his barely seaworthy vessel, the Bonhomme Richard, he harasses British ships and commandeers their cargo, including desperately needed ammunition and uniforms. Newbery Medalist Armstrong Sperry tells the exciting story of the man who terrorized the Royal Navy, survived bloody battles, and shouted the iconic line, “I have just begun to fight!”