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Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey: The War of 1812 Paperback – July 15, 2012
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The author did a wonderful job of taking real life people and events and incorporating them into an interesting tale. I live in New York, and I didn't even know about this important battle in Sackets Harbor. She related life on a warship from the stinkin' bilges to the duties of many of the crew and that of a powder monkey. Each member had undoubted patriotism and extreme courage.
I love that Hope saw a need out there and she met it head on. There are not adequate children's books covering this battle in a way that they can understand. Hope has included a lot of extras in the afterward too, including a glossary of words used. This book is ideal for learning in a traditional or homeschooling environment and in my opinion, it would be ideal for grades 2-6.
Congratulations Hope on your first self published book. I know you will have continued success with this book and all the future stories you feel led to write.
The author sent me the above book for review purposes. She will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Hope Irvin Marston.
Marston does an excellent job of portraying the emotions of these two boys. The glamor soon wears off as Rankin must swab the bilge and Will spends hours cleaning rust off the old cannons. Much to their dismay their ship is dispatched to catch smugglers; friends and family trying to sell potash just as they had done. Rankin is becoming despondent. Finally, one year later in 1812, war is officially declared. Their ship, the Oneida, is no match for the British fleet. How will they and the hard working families of Sackets Harbor face the overwhelming odds? Can they succeed in defeating the British?
The author provides lots of resources to help the reader fully comprehend the historical events. There is a map of the area, a list of the historical characters, a glossary of time period and naval terms, an annotated bibliography including internet resources, how to visit the battlefield, and even the local folklore associated with it. Teachers and homeschooling parents will be able to take this story and use it as a springboard for discussion and activities in many other areas of the curriculum.
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This was a wonderful book. I love reading historical fiction. The author has done a lot of research into the War of 1812. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sandra K. Stiles
Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey gives us a glimpse into the war of 1812 from the perspective eleven year old Rankin, who was determined to help fight the British in a naval battle. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Val Silver, author
Hope Marston does a find job in bringing the story of Rankin McMullin to life from so long ago. Her historical research is accurate making the story heartbreaking but thrilling all... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Donna M. McDine
Powder Monkey was a very readable account of the life of a youth during the War of 1812. There are very few books written on the War of 1812 for young adults, and the author has... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Lostinthepages
What's a powder monkey? What is life aboard an 1812 war ship like? How is ship's time measured? These questions and more are answered in Hope Marston's delightful book Sackets... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Roses
Hope I. Marston has brought an interesting perspective to the War of 1812. She invites the reader to see it through the eyes of eleven-year-old Rankin McMullin. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Suzanne Rothenberger
Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey is a good example of YA historical fiction, teaching history through an engaging story. This book illuminates a little known episode in a charming way.Published on June 17, 2013 by Janet K. Olshewsky
I am in the sixth grade in a school for the gifted. English is my second language. This book was easy for me to read and understand. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Van Tri Minh
Hope Marston, a veteran author of children and young adult books, has provided readers with an insightful look into an historical event. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Cathleen