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Sackets Harbor POWDER MONKEY: The War of 1812

Sackets Harbor POWDER MONKEY: The War of 1812


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Rankin has wanted to join the crew on the Oneida since the first time he saw the ship anchored in Black River Bay. But what can a ten-year-old do on a warship? He hangs around outside the tavern listening to the farmers talk of the coming war with the British, hoping to find out.

The brig Oneida has been built to patrol Lake Ontario and protect Sackets Harbor from an attack. Local farmers are frustrated with restrictions against trading with Canada which cause them to resort to smuggling in order to survive. When the ship's captain finally calls for recruits nearly a year later, many men want to sign up in hopes of putting an end to these rules. Pa gives Rankin's older brother Will permission to do so. Rankin badgers Will to take him along.

On the day set by the captain of the Oneida, Rankin and Will are the first to sign on. During their first months on board, the new crew members gain experience as the Oneida patrols the lake. Too late, they find out that until the war begins, her mission is to apprehend potash smugglers.

Rankin learns to run gunpowder up from the hold to the guns on deck. He sulks when months pass with no battles on the lake. Things change soon after the United States declares war against the British.

On the morning of July 19, 1812, the lookout on Oneida spots five British warships heading toward Sackets Harbor. The brig prepares to defend the village. Rankin is assigned to carry powder to the huge three-ton long gun up on the cliff.

Royal George comes into range and the locals open fire.

The unique way the battle is fought and the unusual way it ends surprises both sides.

Although this is a work of fiction, the historical events portrayed and the persons named are real.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984993512
Publisher: Hope I Marston
Publication date: 07/15/2012
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 1,160,460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

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

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