The Drummer Boy's Battleby Dave Jackson
After their father dies, Robbie Robinson and his older brother, Peter, join the British army in order to make a living for their family. At first, army life is exciting, even fun. Then in 1854, they are sent to Russia to right in the Crimean War—Peter as a member of the famous Light Horse Brigade and twelve-year-old
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Introducing Florence Nightingale
After their father dies, Robbie Robinson and his older brother, Peter, join the British army in order to make a living for their family. At first, army life is exciting, even fun. Then in 1854, they are sent to Russia to right in the Crimean War—Peter as a member of the famous Light Horse Brigade and twelve-year-old Robbie as a drummer boy. But the brothers are separated during the doomed charge of the Light Brigade, and Robbie fears for Peter’s life.
An injury to his left hand brings Robbie to Barracks Hospital in Scutari, Turkey, where he hopes to find Peter. Instead he meets Florence Nightingale, a nurse working hard to change for the better the way nurses do their jobs. Robbie becomes Florence’s "right-hand man," running errands, delivering messages, and reporting alarming hospital conditions to her. But the doctors and officers running the hospital want to put a stop to Florence’s improvements. Will Robbie and his friend find a way to succeed in spite of the challenges?
Soldiers are dying all around him, and only Florence Nightingale can help save them!
An adventure story, ideal for readers 8-12 years of age.
Meet the Author
Dave & Neta Jackson are the authors of the 40-book Trailblazer series, enjoyed by 1.7 million young readers worldwide, as well as the Hero Tales series for families. For adults their books include the Yada Yada Prayer Group series, the House of Hope series, the Harry Bentley series, and the SouledOut Sisters series, as well as many stand-alone fiction and nonfiction books. They make their home in Chicago. Visit them at www.daveneta.com and www.trailblazerbooks.com and www.facebook.com/DaveNetaJackson.
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Several years ago, at a homeschooling conference we picked up a copy of The Chimney Sweep's Ransom, about John Wesley, which is a book in this series The "Trailblazer Books" series. Each of these books is historical fiction based upon the lives of some great historical figures whose faith in God guided their actions in which fictional children (though some of the children are based on real characters too) come in contact with them. Karen liked the one so much that over the last few years she has picked up several others at homeschooling conferences and from homeschool bookstores, including Spy for the Night Riders (Martin Luther), The Queen's Smuggler (William Tyndale), The Runaway's Revenge (John Newton), The Bandit of Ashley Downs (George Mueller), Escape from the Slave Trade (David Livingston), Imprisoned in the Golden City (Adoniram Judson), The Thieves of Tyburn Square (Elizabeth Fry), Shanghaied to China (Hudson Taylor), Trial by Poison (Mary Slessor), Risking the Forbidden Game (Maude Cary), The Hidden Jewel (Amy Carmichael), Quest for the Lost Prince (Samuel Morris), Listen for the Whipporwill (Harriet Tubman), and this one, The Drummer Boy's Battle which is about Florence Nightingale. There are probably over forty books in the series. Others are about Gladys Aylward, Mary McLeod Bethune, William Booth, Charles Loring Brace, William Bradford, John Bunyan, Peter Cartwright, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Spokane Garry, Johnathan Goforth, Barbrooke Grubb, Sheldon Jackson, Festo Kivengere, Dwight L. Moody, Lottie Moon, John G. Paton, William Penn, Joy Ridderhof, Nate Saint, Romulo Saune, William Seymour, Menno Simons, Marcus Whitman, and David Zeisberger. I suspect new titles are being added from time to time. The books are fairly easy reading but quite interesting--in fact, when I finished The Drummer Boy's Battle about Florence Nightingale, I found it very exciting and enjoyable. I especially like the way they show that the deeds of many great historical figures in the past were motivated by their faith in God. In spite of the claims of Sam Morris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens, I do not see a lot of books detailing any "great humanitarian deeds" of people motivated by atheism. Given the wide array of character subjects, there will be ideas and practices presented with which various individuals might disagree, but generally these books are wholesome and inoffensive.