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.
|Contributor(s)||Robert J. Skead , Robert A. Skead|
|Publish Date||Jan 27, 2015|
|Series||American Revolutionary War Adventures|
- Review by Fitzysmom
Lamberton Clark is part of the Culper Spy Ring. During one of his secret missions his twin boys, John and Ambrose, tag along unbeknownst to their father. Soon the three of them find themselves being hunted by the British. Lamberton is shot but the mission must continue so John and Ambrose rise to the occasion.
The reader is taken on a fascinating journey into a very pivotal time in our history. John and Ambrose travel from Connecticut to New Jersey in search of General George Washington. They must find him and deliver a very critical message. The authors use real events and people to set the stage for this fictitious story. I appreciated all of the details that were woven into the story. I felt like we came away from the book knowing more about our great American heritage than when we started.
If your homeschool curriculum includes American History this would be a great addition. Even if you do not homeschool I think that this would be a great book for your children to read or even better read it together as a family. We used it as a read aloud because some of the kids weren't old enough to read it themselves. Even the six-year-olds were riveted to the story.
There are a few black and white illustrations scattered throughout that will help the younger kids picture what is going on. One of my favorite parts is the discussion questions in the back. If you have a kids book club like we do at our homeschool coop this would be a great read for them. We used the questions to spur discussion within our family.
This is the first book in the series to be followed by at least three more. I'm looking forward to reading the whole series with our kids. It is so important to teach them why America is an exceptional nation.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review. (Posted on 3/15/2015)
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Patriots, Redcoats, & Spies is a 19-chapter, 192-page novel (the actual text of the story covers from page 9 through page 174). There is also some additional bonus material:
Note from the Storytellers
Letters by General George Washington
Excerpt from the sequel: Submarines, Secrets, & A Daring Rescue
There are a few black and white/line art illustrations included, as well. (There are 7 total illustrations spread throughout the story.)
As for the story itself, the year is 1777 and 14-year old twin boys (John & Ambrose Clark) are tasked with getting a top secret message to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The boys' father (Lamberton Clark) is part of the Culper Spy Ring, and must pass his mission on to his boys after being injured.
Patriots, Redcoats, & Spies keeps a steady pace right from the start. The book is interesting, start-to-finish.
I enjoyed reading Patriots, Redcoats, & Spies and have passed it on to my 9-year old son to read. We will also be keeping our eyes out for the sequel, Submarines, Secrets, & A Daring Rescue, scheduled to be released in August of 2015.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 2/24/2015)
- Review by Cindy
- Review by Sally
When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by the British, he enlists the help of his twin 14-year-old sons to get a secret letter to General George Washington. Upon discovering that their father is a spy for the Culper Spy Ring, John and Ambrose set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find Washington and meet up with danger along the way.
First of all let me say I was so impressed with this book. It is an exciting way to introduce the American Revolution to your young reader while teaching them about obedience, love, patriotism and honor. From the first page it is filled with action that is an attention-getter and remains so throughout the book. John and Ambrose Clark’s father, Lamberton, is reluctant to have his 14-year-old sons do the job he has been commissioned to do. However he also realizes he has no choice after being shot and without the information getting to General George Washington, there will be lots of lives lost and possibly the loss of the American Revolution. Lamberton puts his trust in God that he will keep his sons safe and the boys, although terrified on this journey, learned to pray from the example their mother set, and to trust God to provide for them. This 188-page book will teach your child not only the significance of obeying, but also trusting God and it will teach them about the American Revolution and the difference between Loyalist and Patriots in a really fun way. They won’t even realize they are learning history.
It is a well written book bringing faith and history together. Being an American History buff…I recommend this book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, Z Blog Squad for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
(Posted on 2/6/2015)
- Review by The IE Mommy
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. (Posted on 2/3/2015)
- Review by Jalynn
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."
John and Ambrose soon learn the true involvement of their father in the Revolutionary War. After their father is shot Lamberton Clark has to get his secret message to General George Washington, but how? That's when he realizes, his two 14 year old twin boys will have to help him. After the boys learn of the importance of the secret message and how now all the responsibility now rests on their shoulders---they set out to help their father any way they can. It's not long though before they catch on to the fact this adventure, isn't so easy and they are definitely in for a trying time.
My boys ages 9 and 12, love reading of war adventures especially when it involves boys just like them. The authors did a great job of creating an atmosphere for my boys to escape to. A great story with a Revolutionary War backdrop!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my participation in the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 1/30/2015)