Rave Reviews Log: Historical Fiction

March 30, 2011

Daniel at the Siege of Boston 1776

By Laurie Calkhoven
Era: American Revolution, Boston
Rating: 3 3/4 stars

Daniel Prescott lives in a city under siege.  The British are living in Boston and things are getting more and more tense under the strict new taxes set by the king.  Daniel's family runs a publick house where several Redcoat officers live and eat regularly.  But Daniel's family, despite acting sympathetic to the British, are really gathering information to pass on to help the rebellion.  Even Daniel's schoolmaster, Master Richardson, helps to spy and pass information to the Patriots.  But as talk of war heats up, Daniel's father leaves to join the army and Daniel is forced to make hard decisions.  Can he act as a spy himself and foil the plot he overhears?  Can he trust his old teacher?  And what about his old schoolmate that used to always act so stuck up?  Who should he believe in?  A very interesting account of siege of Boston and the battles surrounding that time period.  Historical fiction buffs will be pleased with this tale, especially ones who live have visited some of the sites mentioned in Boston.


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