Spy for Love
Sophia’s War – Rising Action
What is family? Why is family so important? Family is love. Family is being there for each other, family is everything.
To Sophia, family is the most and single important thing for her. Especially her brother William. The book “Sophia’s War” is written by the Newberry Medal-Winning Author Avi. It is a novel talking about how NYC is in trouble, and is occupied by the British Army. Sooner in the book, Sophia makes the biggest decision in her life.
“The stench was overwhelming. I thought I heard sound of retching. Then, from somewhere, I knew not where, a thin voice called, “Who asks?”
“William Calderwood,” came the voice, “died two days ago.”
(Avi, pg. 117)
This quote above indicates that Sophia’s brother, William, died 2 days ago on the prison ship: “The Good Intent”. Sophia’s world collapsed. The violence of the revolution caused thousands of soldiers die, and Sophia’s brother was one of them.
“Where was Washington? Where was Arnold? Who would revenge William’s death? Then I met Robert Townsend and everything changed. “ (pg. 127) This quote identifies how important family is to Sophia. Sophia’s brother was killed on a prison ship and she is seeking revenge. Robert Townsend is a mysterious man that kept “bothering” Sophia. He wants to recruit Sophia as a spy in NY. “Thus, I made up my mind. I would join ROBERT Townsend. I would become a spy.” (pg. 146) This part of the book shows that Sophia agreed to become a spy and help her country. To become a spy, Sophia needs to live in the British headquarters as a young servant. Robert Townsend said. “Within such a place there must be much unguarded talk. Papers left about. The like. All you need do is look and listen. An opportunity not be missed.” A spy’s job is dangerous in that period of time, if a spy gets caught, he or she will be hung.
Spies in NYC are very rare, most people wouldn’t want to risk their life to “contribute” to their country. Because family is so important to Sophia, she decides to take on the role of a teenage spy. Sophia, as a young servant, discovers that an American general plans to switch sides in a plot that will irreparably damage the Americans if they succeed. “By all logic, “Mr. Moore” was America’s most successful general, Benedict Arnold. And he was selling West Point to the British.” (pg. 190). This was shocking news for Sophia. If West Point is sold to the British, they would have more control of America. Sophia had to stop them. She resolved to avenge the army for William’s death, and stop this treachery. With this plan, she was ready, but she was alone. She is a teenager, she had no help, no money, and no food. If she runs out of time, and fails, killing her is the only choice.
To conclude, Sophia becoming a spy is the climax and the plot twist of this book, it shows that Sophia is trying to help her brother, and save her country. In the story, Sophia becoming a spy was the main twist and change of the book. Sophia’s job was to look for papers or letters that was lying around in the supreme commander’s house (of the British Forces). With no help or money, can Sophia still stop the plan?
– “Sophia’s War: Book Review.” Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution Book Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.
– “Sophia’s War.” Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.