Patriots, Redcoats and Spies
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For ages 9 to 12, Patriots, Redcoats, and Spies is set during the American Revolution in 1777. When patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by a British soldier, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he's carrying to General George Washington: his 14 year old twin boys. Upon discovering that their father is a spy and express rider for the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find the General. But the road to the commander in chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles-including the man who shot their father.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 (inches)
ISBN: 0310748410
ISBN-13: 9780310748410
Ages: 9-12

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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.

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  1. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    March 15, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read several adult books that center on the Culper Spy Ring but this is the first I have come across that is aimed at the younger set. From the opening page to the exciting conclusion kids will be enthralled with this action packed thriller.

    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.
  2. Debbie M
    Wisconsin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book to read aloud to the family!
    March 14, 2015
    Debbie M
    Wisconsin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Patriots, Redcoats and Spies" by Robert J. Skead is a fun to read book!! I enjoyed reading it outloud to the family after eating dinner. It really held everyone's attention!!

    It starts out with the twins, Ambrose & John with their father, Lamberton Clark, running away from the redcoats. Their dad, Lamberton, had been shot by the redcoats. He has an important message that must be taken as soon as possible to General George Washington. The message is written in invisible ink. Their dad tells them to trust no one, and to stick together. Even though the twins look alike, they couldn't be more diverse in their attitude and personality. Will they get the message to General Washington in time?? Will they be caught and discovered as patriot spies??

    We really enjoyed this book! It was fun to see the interaction between the two brothers. It is a fun read aloud to the whole family. Even though the language wasn't true to that era, it made it reading easy, and enjoyable to the family. I think the family would have cringed if it was outdated verbiage.

    I received this hardcover book free from the publisher for my honest review.
  3. kittykat567
    Eustace,TX
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    3 1/2 stars
    February 16, 2015
    kittykat567
    Eustace,TX
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I'm just going to say it - the book was unrealistic. From telling jokes to George Washington (what do you call a patriot dog? Yankee poodle!) or using more modern, 19th century words like 'ok', 'guys', 'yeah', 'Mom' and "Dad', there were certainly many historical flaws. Another 'con' would be the pictures. The people all resembled Quasimodo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame!

    I DID, however, like the storyline. Ambrose and John, twins, had to choose to work together. They had to make many painful choices and sacrifices along the way to deliver their secret message. It was neat to see them mature and work together, and to learn more about the Culpepper Spy Ring.

    The book had a Christian message, which I found uplifting.

    I also found it fascinating that this book was based off a true character - Lamberton Clark was distantly related to the authors.
  4. Creazian
    VA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Spies in the Revolutionary War
    January 27, 2015
    Creazian
    VA
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Now you may think of a million things when reading the title: Spies in the Revolutionary War, but I think this is a title befitting the content that will follow in this blog post. The reason why I picked this title is because it matches with my classroom curriculum theme.

    I have created a curriculum that fits into Virginia's State Standards, but it takes students into a whole new world of learning. This book will help students learn about the dangers of living in the duration of the Revolutionary War and helps them to understand what it means to stand on "a side". Whichever side they picked during the war has its consequences.

    I really liked how Robert Skead, the author of this book depicts the Revolutionary War. He has done his research and tries to make the story as real as possible, aside from the fictional characters of the twin boys.

    Here is a synopsis of the book:

    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 hes 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.
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