Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: Surprise at Yorktown

Product Details 
Surprise at Yorktown is 15th in The Imagination Station, an adventure series for lower level elementary kids. Readers familiar with Odyssey productions from Focus on the Family will recognize Mr. Whittaker from Whit's End.  He has invented a time travel machine that transports the youthful characters in this series back to historical events where they become part of the drama. For each trip, Mr. Whittaker equips them with special "gifts" which become necessary items to help them in times of trouble.

In this story Beth and Patrick are eager to get sent to a place where they can meet George Washington. Endowed with an handkerchief and a fife they land into 1781 on the outskirts of the battlefield in Yorktown.  The adventure is fast-paced with suspense, surprises and some general historical facts.  The author does a great job of introducing historical characters for our young heroines to meet and learn from.

I had some trouble with the setting providing an appropriate adventure. Patrick and Beth are running across war fields while cannons are firing close enough for them to feel the "sharp smell of burning powder stinging" their noses.  They are chased by soldiers and find themselves in the tents of Generals from both sides of the war. Adults show very little concern for the children's safety.

This series will appeal to kids who are interested in history and enjoy stories with lots of action. The reading level is probably for Grades 2-4.

I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

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