John William and the Bandits of Basswood

John William and the Bandits of Basswood


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John William Drake was born an explorer; just like many, many Drakes before him. His adventure really began with the discovery of an old book hidden in the ceiling of the Drake home, followed by the mysterious disappearance of his father. He lived everyday in misery until his twelfth birthday. A new friend gave him an invitation he could not turn down... follow me and change your destiny.
He never imagined being captured by bandits and taken to a ship riddled with river rats was part of his fate. Not just any bandits - the Bandits of Basswood; known to be a ruthless and wild crew of thieves. Trying to escape would be a ridiculous idea. No one has ever escaped and lived to tell about it. Uncovering traces of his missing father gave him hope and upped the stakes. John William was determined to get off the ship alive and search for the missing pieces of the puzzle. The chase out of Basswood was on. He took a chance to change his destiny and ended up on a wild ride to solve the most important mystery of his life.

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ISBN-13: 9781490356372
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)

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John William and the Bandits of Basswood 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Rachel100 More than 1 year ago
This book is super fun, just like her other books. It is a heartwarming story packed with adventure and humor and it's perfectly appropriate for young readers (8 or 9 and up).
annelr More than 1 year ago
John William and the Bandits of Basswood by Elizabeth Parkinson Bellows is a fun book about a young boy, a lost medallion, a disappearing father, a portal to an extraordinary world and so much more. Lots of action (hiding in barrels, riding giant birds and being chased by bandits) and quirky characters, (Ferdinand, the frog--er rather, the hopper, since the word 'frog' will fall on deaf ears! Bandits and river rats, a lovely princess who can turn into a beautiful red bird) and John William is immersed in an experience of a lifetime. This is a great book for kids who like to make believe and go on adventures (and adults who enjoy magical stories). I know there are a couple of my grandkids who will enjoy this story. I'm hoping to be able to find other books by this new-to-me author. I received a complimentary copy of the book through and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.