When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he’s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.
My thoughts: Wow. This book had every good quality a middle grade book should have. It was fast paced, intriguing, heart pumping at times, and I enjoyed all the characters.
I liked both of the twins. Quiet, responsible John, and unruly, playful Ambrose were both interesting to read about. I rooted for them both in a way and wanted them to bond as friends as well as brothers. The villains were well written and just slimy enough for a middle grade book. Actually, they were pretty downright creepy. There were several other great characters, and I loved the inclusion on important historical characters from the Revolutionary War like George Washington and some other fellows.
The plot was quite good. I think I read this in about a day. It is middle grade so it's shorter (one of the reasons I enjoy middle grade when I haven't much time for younger books) but it was still an intriguing story that kept me turning the pages. There were many pitfalls and struggles to overcome. I really liked this book and all the history it incorporated. I hope I get to read the next books in the series as well.
With it's fast paced, arresting plot, this book is great for boys to read, especially those a little curious about history. I think it's good for girls too, of course, but it might appeal especially to the younger guy crowd. Some older ones might find it interesting as well. Overall it is a solid middle grade addition and I'm sure many will enjoy it. You can buy it here.
~ a rambling author