The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton
by Sophie Schiller
Publication Date: July 3, 2020
Genre: YA/US Colonial & Revolutionary Period/Historical Fiction
The story of Alexander Hamilton’s lost childhood in the Caribbean—a land of sugar plantations and slavery—where an impoverished orphan must learn to survive despite impossible odds. It is a story of struggle, heartbreak, resilience, and ultimately, triumph.
1765. Alexander Hamilton arrives in St. Croix with his family to begin a new life. He longs for the chance to go to school and fit in, but secrets from his mother’s past threaten to tear his family apart. When he sees a young African slave being tortured, Alexander vows to act. He urges his uncle to buy Ajax and promises to set him free. But tragedy strikes when his father abandons the family and his mother dies of yellow fever. Orphaned and alone, Alex is forced to survive by his wits and resourcefulness. By day he works in a counting house learning the secrets of foreign trade. By night he studies Plutarch and dreams of fame and glory. When Ajax is sold to a brutal planter, Alex vows to save him, even at the risk of his own life. With the aid of a reluctant slave-catcher, he concocts a plan to rescue Ajax, but when the price for helping a slave run away is torture or death, no one is safe.
In this gripping tale, Sophie Schiller re-creates the boyhood of the young man who would grow up to become a Founding Father and one of America’s foremost men.
“The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton is a wonderful read… The musical “Hamilton” has brought the impact of this man in the founding of America sharply into our consciousness. But what author Sophie Schiller has skillfully done here is to take what little is known about Alexander’s early life and fashion a fictional story around his upbringing that fleshes out the boy that would become the man. I can highly recommend this read.” – Grant Leishman for Reader’s Favorite (5 star review)
“The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton is the kind of story that helps to restore faith in mankind. It helps to illustrate that, while there are those who are evil, who care not for their fellow man, there are also those willing to put their lives on the line for others. Author Sophie Schiller’s story of Alexander Hamilton shows him to be such a man. In these days when it seems that so little history is taught, and when the veracity of much of what is taught is questionable, this is the kind of story that those both young and old would do well to read.” Patricia Reding for Reader’s Favorite (5 star review)
As a student, I was never fond of history. (Considering my penchant for history now, that’s pretty funny.) However, when my teacher had us open our textbooks to the American Revolution, I suddenly found myself enthralled. Page after page filled my imagination with the sights, the sounds, the people and the grit behind our fight for independence. But it was learning more about our Founding Fathers that kept me studying about this period in history well into my adult years. Not least of all, Alexander Hamilton.
Sophie Schiller did a beautiful job of fleshing out Mr. Hamilton for her readers. As the novel progressed, he went from an abstract figure in the pages of a textbook to a living, breathing, historical legend. The author’s tireless research and passion for the time-period are evident from the first page, which gave me the rare opportunity to just sit back and dive into the book, without trying to understand the scene she’d set or working too hard to envision what Alexander was experiencing.
But perhaps the best part of The Lost Diary of Alexander Hamilton was getting to know Alexander, himself. There are countless books about the man, innumerable articles to be found on the internet; movies, musicals, you name it. He’s not hard to find. But Sophie Schiller gave us the rare treat of getting to know the man, starting with the boy. His mind, his heart, his determination, his hardships and heartbreaks; all of which culminated into the Alexander Hamilton and gave me the privilege of meeting him on a personal level.
Bottom Line: This book shifts Alexander Hamilton from textbook hero to Alexander Lionheart. A definite must-read.
About the Author
Sophie Schiller was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the West Indies. She is a novelist and a poet. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her “an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer.” Her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE was published by Kindle Scout in 2018 and was called, “A memorable romantic thriller” by Publishers Weekly. Her latest novel, THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, is out now. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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