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This book is full of rich history, vocabulary, and descriptive scenes. I could picture each character and every scene in my head...it was amazing! I have read very few books where this happened so vividly. This book captures both sides of loyalties whether for the crown or America. Capturing both sides, allows you to see and understand both perspectives. You feel for the Brown family as their political views are split, but they remain strong as a Christian family. Their strength remains in God. It shows how you can have your own political opinion, yet respect others differing views and continue to love as we are commanded to do. My 7th grader will talk about the characters as they are real. How they might feel about something that happens in our lives or to issues of today.
Don't pass this book up...take the time to read it as a family. Learn from the Brown's family...empathy, sympathy, respect and love for each other and those in their community.
I cannot attest to the accuracies/inaccuracies of the historical characters portrayed nor "the list" itself. Mr. Baker may well be completely sound when it comes to such matters, and I am very willing to concede this point. But whatever merits the book may have in this department pale in comparison to the blatant inaccuracies regarding 18th century colonial customs.
It is not going too far to say it seems Mr. Baker has taken an average 21st century family, dressed them in mob caps and breeches, tossed them in a time machine, and rewound the clock. No self-respecting woman of the colonial era would have darkened the door of a tavern, yet to "The Man Full of Trouble" is where the doctor takes his family to celebrate his wife's birthday. "Eating out" simply was not a common custom back in that day. However, even if I were to grant Mr. Baker grace regarding this point, a gentleman surely would not take his wife to his "favourite tavern," as his tavern of choice and "family-friendly" would not have been one and the same.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Most other customs, mannerisms, and speech-ways presented in the novel are far more 21st century than 18th century. The writing style itself is stilted, and much of the dialogue forced.
As I did not finish reading the book, I didn't feel it was fair to give it only one star, hence the two star rating. Rather than spending your hard-earned pennies on this volume, I would recommend investing in a good copy of Esther Forbes' Newberry Award-winner, Johnny Tremain.