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Fables of the Flag: The Printer's Tale (Fables of the Flag Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

Ethan Coffee
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jack Preston, an ordinary kid on his 8th grade trip to Washington DC, finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to 1720 Massachusetts. Finding a world without cars, phones and other conveniences of modern life takes some getting used to, but he's even more surprised to meet a young Founding Father, Ben Franklin.

Being a righteous fellow, Ben befriends the confused and tattered Jack and offers him a place to stay. When Jack overhears a seedy plan that will most certainly ruin Ben's brother's printing business, Jack vows to help find the culprit before it's too late.

From the streets of Colonial Boston, to the cargo hold of a huge galleon, Jack realizes he's on the most bizarre, but important, adventure of his life. As Jack is thrown into a whirlwind of conspiracy, he realizes that much more than a printing company is at stake. An adventure is one thing, but being stuck hundreds of years in the past is quite another.

Product Details

  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADORED this book! February 26, 2012
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From the opening paragraph I connected instantly with Jack Preston. He's such a likeable fellow, but has the knack for getting into jams. When he's transported back in time to Colonial America he meets an intriguing cast of characters, one being Ben Franklin as a boy. Although this book's target audience is pre-teen, I have to say I simply loved it and adored the ending. Do yourself a favor and read it today. I highly recommend it to all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Journey! February 27, 2012
By Brian M
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Jack is a just young boy looking for an adventure and he definitely finds what he's looking for... and then some! Fables of the Flag swept me away from the beginning and the action never stopped! It's perfect for any pre-teen to early-teen aged kid that has an interest in history but I would recommend this great story to all ages! I can't wait for Mr. Coffee's future offerings as this journey seems to only be the beginning for Jack!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Adventure! February 26, 2012
By Adam
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Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down! It was great to hear all the things I've learned growing up about the founding fathers in a great adventure story. Can't wait for the sequel!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and fun to read February 27, 2012
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I downloadeded this for my daughter, but it looked so intriguing I wound up reading it myself. It's delightful! It's always diverting to try to imagine what life was like back in the days of our Founding Fathers. This well-written book adds a time-travel element that places a modern boy, Jack, smack into colonial times, where he's rubbing elbows with the young Ben Franklin and similar characters. The premise alone is fun, and then the plot twists (plus just the tiniest hint of romance!) keep you turning the pages. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful, wholesome read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love history and a great adventure... February 27, 2012
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Just as Jack finds himself in another era in Fables of the Flag, I felt as if I were revisiting the experience of being lured into the great literary explorations of my childhood. All of the elements of a brilliantly crafted mystery combine with the speed of an action-packed adventure to create an astoundingly entertaining YA novel that could easily keep an adult audience at the edge of their seats.

I wasn't sure I would be able to go along for the ride, as I've left fantasy literature behind these days, but this beautiful book caught my eye and I figured it might make a good gift for young adults. As an on-again off-again ex-pat, my love for my home country has sparked a real attraction to American history, and this book, which is pure fun from start to finish, doesn't try to teach so much as to inspire a desire to learn.

Who knew that Benjamin Franklin was a little boy once? Do we ever even think about that? In Fables of the Flag we, like Jack, relate to this Founding Father as a friend and comrade more than as a one dimensional portrait of a man apart. (He was a man apart, but before that, a boy with an inquisitive mind and, as Coffee would have it, a generous, adventurous spirit!)

I couldn't help it; Jack lured me into his adventure just as he enticed his best friend Ralphie down the forbidden stairs. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I'm predicting Ethan Coffee is going to become a big name among young adult readers. His quality writing, unpredictable plot twists, and charming characters just wouldn't have it otherwise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voracious Reader March 3, 2012
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What an absolutely wonderful book! Although a reader beyond the school years, I can say this book was so enjoyable. I cannot wait to recommend it to my grandson, who is nine. I think he will love it. Not only is the book well written with the sentence structure being so amazing that the story just grabbed me from the beginning and I could not put it down. I can see this being such a great resource to young readers who may love history, but also to schools and tutors who are always looking for healthy reads for their students to not only learn to read, but to learn a little history of our country along the way. I hope this is one of many books by the author of this type. My only wish is that Jack finds his way home from time to time. I thoroughly enjoyed the way you were taken back in time to learn and read of important people in that era. To Ethan, job well done. I look forward to your next endeavor, hoping that one day Jack might meet up with Abraham Lincoln.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, great read March 8, 2012
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Blending history and intrigue, this book was a page turner from start to finish. Great pick up for the kindle that I read on my way to work this past week. The author's language is witty and direct. I can't wait to read the next one! HIGHLY recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling adventure! February 27, 2012
By Danny M
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I was hooked after the first chapter! I loved all the twists and turns. It's a perfect book for all ages. I would recommend this book to anyone. The author nailed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Plot line is enticing! This made history FUN
I read this book as a 23 year-old business professional and loved it. Once I started reading it, I wasn't able to put it down! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Natalie Lageder
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story
Fables of the Flag is about a boy, Jack, who travels back in time and meets a young Benjamin Franklin. The story was cute, but I was not a big fan of the writing. Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by Jessica B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical fantasy gets an "A" for adventure
Ethan Coffee did a great job of making history come alive in his book where a field trip turns into an unexpected trip through time. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Sher A Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Middle Grade Read!
This is the first book in a planned series focused on American history with a twist that includes time travel. Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Meg @ A Bookish Affair
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher recommended!
As a high school history teacher, I'm constantly looking for new ways to engage my students in American History. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by Michael Biddle
5.0 out of 5 stars A creative, historical, and adventurous read!
What an exciting look into life in the days of our Founding Fathers! Ethan's creative and descriptive writing immediately drew me in throughout the entire book and left me wanting... Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure & history all rolled into one!
What a great read! Ethan Coffee takes us back to Colonial life through the eyes of modern day teen, Jack Preston, a boy who is always up for anything. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Stephanie Netzley
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs a hard copy
So I haven't actually read the book, but had to give one star as I would love to read it, but apparently if you don't own a kindle you are not allowed. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by Steve
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More About the Author

Ethan Coffee left his home state of California for a few years to study at Purdue University, but is now back in the Golden State. He has always enjoyed entertaining others with tales of adventure and suspense. When he's not writing, you can probably find him traveling or attempting to learn to cook.

Ethan would love to hear from you!
Twitter: @ethancoffee

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