About the Book:
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.
You can purchase a copy at Tyndale.
I’ve shared about the Imagination Station books before and now I get to share the newest book, Captured on the High Seas which is book #14 and while I found it quite easy to get into this book it does pick up where book #13 leaves off, The Redcoats are Coming (I need to get that one!). Patrick and Beth are stranded on an American ship during the Revolutionary War because the Imagination Station is broken and instead of taking them back to Whit’s End, they end up on the ship – it’s okay until they encounter a British ship. I won’t give away too many details but it was quite a fun read, even for this mom. Patrick and Beth must get away and they also want to help James, the African American lest he be sold to the West Indies as a slave when he refuses to become a traitor.
Geared towards ages 7 and up and with a grade level of 2.3 it’s a fun read and it can easily be read in one sitting – I think it took me two hours with breaks. What I really appreciated about the book is the tie in of real events such as why the British did not blow up the privateer Royal Louis and that there really was a James Forten, this is a fascinating man and I encourage you to do some research on him. I can see how I could easily use this to make a unit study and research more in depth persons rarely learned about and also about the ships used during the American Revolution. After finishing the book there is a secret word puzzle that you can input into the Imagination Station website to get a prize, there are also extra book extras. A great way to make learning history fun and engaging especially for a younger child who may not be ready for a full on history lesson.
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