Saturday, March 14, 2015

Patriots, Redcoats & Spies by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead


Patriots, Redcoats & Spies is a chapter book that takes place during the American Revolution, and told through the eyes of identical twin 14 year old boys. The story follows the adventures of the two, John and Ambrose, as they travel from Connecticut to New Jersey to deliver a letter to General George Washington with important intelligence for the Continental Army. The boys receive the letter and mission from their father who they discover is part of the Culper Spy Ring.  The book is intended for children 8-12, but my six year old and fourteen year olds enjoyed it as well.  

My kids and I loved this book!  The first chapter grabs your attention like an opening from an Indiana Jones movie.  The book gives an excellent picture of life in 1777 traveling through the American colonies.  Where the story is told through 14 year old twins makes it very readable for kids.  We loved the humor and thinking through what it means to fight for what you believe in.  We can highly recommend this book.  It is a fabulous read aloud that draws you into the story.  

I also enjoyed looking up the author's story behind how he got the idea for the book on his visit to New Jersey one summer.  This link gives you some more information.  

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