Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Patriots Redcoats & Spies by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead


The Cover Story:

When patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by a British Redcoat soldier, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he’s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year- old twin boys. Upon discovering that their father is a spy and express rider for the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission. They set off to find the General, but the road to the commander in chief of the Continental army is full of obstacles including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.

My Thoughts:

The first thing that struck me with this book is that the main character Lamberton Clark is a real person and that he really was in the Revolutionary War; It brings the book alive. The book contains 19 chapters followed by a note from the storytellers, acknowledgements, discussion questions, historical characters, glossary, and letters by General George Washington; the book also includes black and white drawings to keep the reader interested along the way. The whole book is the twins mission to get the letter to the general without being captured themselves. Overall, I think this is a fantastic book not only for boys but for girls. It’s a great little adventure to drift off too back in time. The authors did a fantastic job making history come alive. I highly recommend this book to any child along the age range of 9-12 which is what the book suggests, I also think it would be a great history read aloud for homeschoolers.



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