British warships battle with American privateers in this high sea adventure. Cousins Patrick and Beth have landed on the Royal Louis in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Cannonballs fly and swords slash. They’re captured! Now they face even more dangers. Will their new friend James Forten be sold by the British into the West Indies slave trade? Or will they all be sentenced to the overcrowded prison ship floating near shore where scores of prisoners die from filth and disease? Patrick and Beth help plan a daring escape as they witness firsthand the deeds of brave heroes who fought to make America the land of the free.
I was a little confused at first when I started this book. I had eagerly anticipated reading where Patrick and Beth’s story would pick up at the end of The Redcoats are Coming. I thought this one would pick up right where that one left off, which it didn’t. However, the authors did a great job in the prologue of catching readers up on what was happening and once I started reading, I was immersed in the adventures of Patrick and Beth once again.
This is a great book for beginning chapter readers to read independently, or for parents to read aloud to younger readers. It is very fast-paced and offers enough danger to keep readers/listeners engaged. A plus for this book is that it offers readers a glimpse into slavery at an age-appropriate level. It also provides readers with information about life on a ship and the difficulties the sailors experienced. I can imagine that for some readers, it might be the first time they learn about scurvy.
My favorite part about this series of books is the way they provide young readers with an authentic look at history, through eyes of faith. I think the ones dealing with the topic of the American Revolution in particular reinforce to readers the founding principles of our country. We are, indeed, a country founded in faith.
Another thing I really like about this series is that it provides parents with an equitable choice of books along the same idea of The Magic Treehouse series, without the magic and wizardry ideas.
If you are looking for a juvenile fiction book for a reader age 7 or up, I highly recommend this series. Although this is book 14 in the series, they do not have to be read in order to be appreciated.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.