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Our latest statewide serial story by Mike Peterson, Illustrated by Christopher Baldwin

A brand new serial –

“The Path to Freedom”

Author Mike Peterson and Illustrator, Christopher Baldwin have teamed up to create a brand new historical fiction serial for NYNPA members to share with teachers and students around the state.  Here's the book jacket description:

"When Burgoyne's forces storm down the Champlain Valley and capture the American fortress at Ticonderoga, young Luke Van Gelder joins other patriots in felling trees, destroying bridges and otherwise blocking the British army from advancing on Fort Edward, then, along with his father and is sister Sylvia, follows the American army down the Hudson to the twin battles at Saratoga that will determine the fate of his infant nation."

The story targets students in grades 4 through 8.

In addition to the series published in-print or posted online, the project includes the following components:

    • A teachers’ guide with activities to enhance learning
    • A “Meet the Author” Blog available to students and teachers for open discussion about each chapter as the story progresses.
    • An MP3 audio pod cast of each chapter for use with younger, the blind or dyslexic students.
    • Free Skype or virtual “Meet the Author” sessions to any participating school who requests it.
    • A student quiz/essay contest with awards for up to 6 regional winners and matching award for the school library of each winner.

    The story, illustrations and all project components are available FREE to any members of the New York News Publishers Association.

    Audio Pod Casts

    Chapter 1

    The Sawyer's Son

    Chapter 2

    The Militia Called Out

    Chapter 3

    To Follow the Gun

    Chapter 4

    Blocking the Path

    Chapter 5

    At the Campsite

    Chapter 6

    Building up the Battle

    Chapter 7

    The First Battle

    Chapter 8


    The Final Meeting


    Encourage students to submit questions and comments about each chapter to the author's blog that corresponds with this story. All posts are reviewed before they are admitted to the site. To see and submit entries to the "The Path to Freedom" Blog click here.

    To download a PDF copy of the Teacher's Guide, including graphic organizers for each chapter, click here.

    Click here for the student quiz/essay contest information open to New York State Students Grades 4-8. Click here for a copy of the judging rubric. Students are strongly encouraged to read through the quiz and essay questions ahead of time, write his or her response and then complete their entry online at http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edpn9dk2iy0h8qe8/start

    All entries MUST be received at the NYNPA offices, addressed to NYNPA, Mary Miller - Serial Story Contest, 252 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210-1802 by close of business on Fri., May 24, 2017. EXTENDED DEADLINE!!


If you have any questions at all about this project or to sign up to participate please contact Mary Miller at mmiller@nynpa.com or call 518-449-1667 ext. 701 or download a copy of the newspaper agreement form. Non members are welcome to run the serial for a fee of $100. Please contact Mary to receive all documents.

This project is being made possible through support of the New York Newspapers Foundation and by generous sponsorship of the New York State United Teachers.


For a complete list of curricula developed for the NYNPA NIE Program contact Mary Miller or call (518) 449-1667 x701.

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