The Trial of Phillis Wheatley
"How about a nice long nap and then we can plan our next adventure?" I smiled and nodded. "Sounds perfect." And it was." So ends "Rush Revere and the American Revolution." But to understand the possibilities of the next installment one has to read the book which I did. Anyone who has a love of history, especially American colonial history will enjoy this book. The perspective is new and innovative which as with all good fiction requires the reader to suspend disbelief as you follow the adventures of a talking Horse Liberty and Rush Revere who with a time travelling crew can jump back or forward into time. In addition there is a subtle salute to our veterans and their families that is blended into the story In this book it so happens that Liberty and Rush and the time travelling crew have jumped right in the middle of my favorite time and place in American history - Boston, Massachusetts on the verge of the American Revolution. I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its quirkily delightful characters that share their humor and insights on American history. I think it will stimulate young people to read and study history. I only wish this book had been around when I was young. I would have learned that I love to study history at much earlier than I did. And may I suggest the next adventure. It would be easy for Liberty and Rush since they were just a few blocks away from the place and time because the location is the Common House about a block away from the Old South Church. Again it will be cold and dangerous because it is early November 1772 and there is a riot going on outside on King Street. Inside seated on a chair surrounded by 18 of Boston's most distinguished men is a young 18 year old African American slave. These men are all dumbfounded as they listen to her answer the questions posed to her as she defends the thesis that she is the sole and true author of a manuscript of poems. They have never seen an African American who has written poetry. The stakes are high for her and her "jury" for her challenge is to convince them what she says is true so that her poems can be published and she would then become the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry.