St. Michaels, Maryland, is a town of shipbuilders whose reputation for crafting powerful schooners carries far beyond the shores of young America. And once the War of 1812 starts, that's not necessarily a good thing. For the British have targeted the town as part of their campaign to defeat America in its fight to maintain its independence.
And now, in August of 1813 the British fleet is sailing up the Chesapeake River to St. Michaels. The town's militia is assembled but no one expects they can win the fight against the powerful British cannons. Citizens are being evacuated and the town is in turmoil.
All young Henry Middle wants to do is find his father amid the chaos of the coming attack. The lanterns he carries will be of use to the militia. As Henry works to conquer his rising fear, he realizes he may hold the answer to outsmarting the British in his very hands.
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This is an exceptional book! It is the boy version of the book "Scarlet Stockings Spy" but with a different story. Adults and children alike will be captivated by this inspiring historical tale. Illustrated by the same artist who did the "Scarlet Stockings Spy", the pictures in this book absorb you into the story. This book reminds us of the bravery and patriotic spirit of our forefathers when America was a young nation during the Revolutionary War. It makes the Revolutionary War period come to life for children as they follow a young boy who comes up with an idea to fool the enemy and save his town! If you want to teach your children history, this is one of the best ways to do it! Would make a great birthday gift for young boys and girls too. Age range of the book is 4-10, but I would say 4-adult!