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Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey: The War of 1812 Paperback – July 15, 2012
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Hope Irvin Marston is the author of more than thirty children’s books and several adult titles. She has written MY LITTLE BOOK wildlife picture book series that has grown to eight titles with more than 125,000 copies in print. A number of her publications are award-winners. Her most recently released story, Eye on the Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest (Windward, December, 2011), is the biography of an eleven-year old Maine musher. A native of central Pennsylvania, the eighth child in a farm family of nine, Hope is a graduate of Milligan College (TN) and of SUNY at Geneseo. She and her husband of more than fifty years share their Black River (NY) home with Heidi, a lovable Bernese mountain dog. A former junior high school teacher/librarian in Watertown (NY), Hope retired in 1990 to write full time. Her bio is listed in Something about the Author (Gale). She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Adirondack Center for Writing, the Greater Thousand Islands Literacy Council, the Jeff-Lewis Librarians Association, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, and the North Country Arts Council. She has been on staff for several Christian Writers Conferences and has taught creative writing workshops at Jefferson Community College (NY), the Jefferson-Lewis Teacher Center, and the North Country Arts Council. Hope enjoys making school presentations from kindergarten through post-graduate college students and directs writing workshops for kids and adults. When she is not researching, reading or writing, you are apt to find her cooking or baking in the kitchen, or out walking Heidi. Now that Sackets Harbor Powder Monkey – The War of 1812, her second historical novel, has been released in both Kindle and print versions, Hope is back at her desk doing a final editing of her next historical work, Hannah Brown – Pioneer Girl. You can find out more about Hope at www.HopeIrvinMarston.com
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Suzanne Rothenberger, Author of Mattie: Life at Paddock Mansion
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.
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.