The Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood.
Dutton's Children's Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers: NY, 2002.

After starting to live the life of a gaming wastrel, Creighton is abducted and shipped to America. The book is based on the premise that General George Washington was captured by the British. This event ends the war with the colonists-or so the British think. Creighton finds himself in the middle of the resistance to British rule of the colonies. He is expected to spy for the British, but he is no longer so sure of where his loyalties lie.

This is an exciting alternate history book. There is plenty of action and surprise and also thought-provoking details. Much of the book focuses on Benjamin Franklin (his character, experimentation, and printing business) who is perhaps the most fascinating of all the American patriots. Blackwood has done an excellent job of blending his story with historical figures.

I also highly recommend Second Sight and The Shakespeare Stealer series.
related-American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, Benedict Arnold, duels, printing business, codes, codes, New Orleans

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