When I was a kid I loved history! There was something so magical about it all. I remember looking through my history book at all the pictures and wanting to learn each of their stories. When I saw the cover of Patriots, Redcoats & Spies, it brought me back to that time when I was about nine years old and learned about The Revolutionary War.
I wish I had this book when I was that age! It takes a historical event and personalizes it and makes it into a story about twin 14 year old boys who lived through it and play a critical role in history. I think learning about people in history always makes it more interesting. It’s a whole new perspective to look at how actual people might have lived then and how things like war impacted them.
These characters are fictional but they are a good representation of children at that time. It isn’t hard to put yourself in the story and imagine how it was to live then. It’s important for kids to know that they can play a part in history and change lives and contribute to things bigger than themselves.
While my children are a little young for this book, my almost seven year old will probably enjoy it within the next couple of years. He’s an avid reader since he learned this year and loves learning and school. I think this is the kind of book that will be right up his alley.
It is written in language that is easy for the young to understand but also was interesting enough for me to enjoy! Patriots, Redcoats & Spies is a great, motivational book for the young history buff in your life.
About the Book
When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he’s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, 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.
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