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

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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.


Patriots, Redcoats and Spies is an excellent book for ages 10 to 12 that I would suggest, to homeschooling moms, to read while studying the Revolutionary War.

It is full of wonderful information, as well as a well painted picture of what it may have looked like (on the level of middle-school), and is just an all around engaging book. The readers will be able to understand the easy writing of the author(s) and the characters are easy to connect with.

Some of the scenes do get vivid but they never exceed the limit of a good, wholesome, middle-grade fiction book. Boys especially will love reading this book, but I’m sure that there are many girls who would also equally enjoy this story.

I rate Patriots, Redcoats and Spies 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this book especially to home schooling parents, as it is a great book to assign (or read aloud) to your young student when studying the Revolutionary War.

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My First Plane Trip by Kim Jenkins

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The Synopsis:

Great airplane book for children that are getting ready to take their first airplane flight. Pack, check-in, security, boarding, taking off and landing. Its all covered in simple terms with real photos.They will know exactly what to expect each step of the way. The book level is perfect for the 5 to 9 age group.

If your child is even a bit nervous about their first airplane flight or if they just love learning about airplanes, this is a great book for them.


Kim had a really great idea when she wrote this book illustrating it with real photos rather than just illustrations. Kids get to look at the photos as Kim beautiful explains the different parts of going on an airplane trip.

Kim keeps everything on the kid’s reading level (really any child under 12) but yet keeps the terminology so that they can still sound smart. She writes with a fun voice and her humor will be adored by anyone who reads this book!

I definitely give My First Plane Trip 5 out of 5 stars and believe that this series is very promising!

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