Today I’d like to introduce you to The Secret Mission of William Tuck by Eric Pierpoint, a wonderful historic fiction novel perfect for readers 11 and up. Full of action, history an adventure, this book is truly fun to read. Please read on for he review, an excerpt and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where you could win one of two copies of the title from Sourcebooks Jaberwocky. Don’t be put off by the history that can be learned in this story – it is a rollicking good time from beginning to end, perfectly suited for middle grade readers (grades 6 and up) as a wonderful introduction to US Colonial history. End notes to the title expand on learning opportunities, and events are structured to keep interest as “just a story” even if not utilized.
William is a first-hand witness to the murder of his brother by British soldiers. The War of Independence is heating up, and William, in tandem with Rebecca, a daughter of an imprisoned spy, undertake a mission to deliver a message as they pose as ordinary, if young, colonials.
Familiar and lesser known moments and scenes from history are chronicled: the HMS Jersey, Yorktown, even the soldier Peter Francisco all add depth and intrigue to the rather dry accounts of textbooks, and encourage you to read on. William and Rebecca are wonderful young protagonists, at 12 and 16 respectively, their determination and cleverness maneuvering through the pitfalls of war, double agents, danger and primitive living conditions intrigue and engage imagination.
No battle for hearts or minds is ever truly won on the field: belief and support from all levels of society need be involved and heard. While we rarely hear of the many unknown who supported the fight for independence, Pierpoint brings two young voices into the game, with motivations both possible and plausible, and show that historical fiction can be fun and educational.
Title: The Secret Mission of William Tuck
Author: Eric Pierpoint
Genre: Children's Literature, Historical Fiction
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published on: 1 September, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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William Tuck is set on justice. For his brother killed by British soldiers, for his friend Rebecca’s father held prisoner by the redcoats, and for the countless other rebel Americans struggling beneath the crushing weight of British rule.
The whispered words of a dying soldier and a mysterious watch give William all the ammunition he needs: a secret message for the leader of the rebel army. Rebecca disguises herself as a boy, and she and William join the American troops. They embark on an epic journey that pulls them into a secret network of spies, pits them against dangerous gunmen, and leads them on a quest to find General George Washington himself.
Can William and Rebecca determine friend from foe long enough to deliver a message that might just change the tide of the American Revolution?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.