September Book Recommendations 

Katherine Timm ‘25 , staff writer

Do you have some time on your hands as the weather gets chilly? If so, you may be looking for some book recommendations. These historical fiction and nonfiction mystery books are thrilling and full of adventure and surprises.  

Matthew Landis’ The League of American Traitors is one of these exciting books. The story follows Jasper Mansfield, who finds out that he is Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold’s last living descendant. He is taken to a mysterious school, full of other descendants of traitors, known as the League of American Traitors. He and his new friends must try to piece together historical evidence to clear Arnold’s name. If Jasper fails, he will have to duel with a student of the True Sons of Liberty, the League’s arch-enemies, and the descendants of American heroes. This book is action-packed, full of twists and turns, and features a realistic and relatable cast of characters. If you enjoyed the movie National Treasure or enjoy history in general, then this book is for you!  

For people who would prefer a true story, John Hendrix’s The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler is a graphic novel about an unsung World War II hero. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran minister living in Germany on the eve of World War II. He became alarmed by the Nazi Party’s growing strength and spread his alarm through his sermons. Eventually, he was recruited as a spy in a plot to assassinate Hitler, and the story follows him and the other members of the plot. The story is complemented by fantastic illustrations. An interesting look into a little-known story, this book is a great read for any history lover or graphic novel fan. The story is fast-paced, and the example of courage in the face of evil is truly inspiring.  

Finally, The First Conspiracy: The Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Metzler and Josh Mensch, is an exciting nonfiction book about a Revolutionary War mystery. The book is about General Washington and how he learns about these plots were key to winning the Revolution. As he tries to defend New York City from the British, some of his bodyguards are recruited in a scheme to capture and kill Washington. The plot begins to take shape, and John Jay, a member of the Continental Congress, must work with Isaac Ketcham, a participant in a counterfeiting scheme, to stop it. Enjoying the story does not require much prior knowledge about the Revolution. This book reads like a mystery novel but is still entirely true. 

If you are looking for a good book that suits the mysterious, ever-changing fall weather, look no further than these. Even if you don’t like history, these books are surprisingly enjoyable. Have fun, bookworms!