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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: Patriots Redcoats and Spies by Robert J. Skead

Book Description

"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."

I am always looking for good historical adventure books to read aloud to the children and I was particularly interested in this book because we will be studying American History.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received the book that it was hardcover, not paperback like I was expecting.  It is a great adventure story that takes place just before the Revolutionary War broke out.  Putting a recommended age on it is a little hard.  I would be fine with reading it to my younger boys (almost 8 and 9) but for sure probably 10 and up would be a good recommendation.  There is a bit of violence. Nothing graphic, but a man gets shot, another man we know for sure is threatened and subjected to violence, and one of the twins is beaten up severely.  Also, a knife is thrown at a redcoat and another is shot in the knee.  It is mentioned more than once that horse thieves are hung.  But it was a great story that I enjoyed reading and know the boys will enjoy hearing it.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.

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