And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Twins & the Turtle

Back in February, I gave you a review of Patriots, Redcoats, and Spies by Robert J Skead with Robert A. Skead. Now I've received a copy of the second book in the series, Submarines, Secrets, & a Daring Rescue, from BookLook Bloggers to review. Speedy snatched this book first and read it. 

He says, "It is about 2 boys. They got to meet George Washington before he was president. They were in a submarine called the Turtle. They traveled a long way. It was a great book because it was adventurous. One of the boys had a really sharp knife."

This book is a bit longer than the ones Speedy would usually read for pleasure (206 pages). I was proud of him for sticking with it and finishing the book. He wouldn't have finished it if he didn't get so involved in the story of twins John and Ambrose as they helped the patriot movement during the American Revolutionary War. This book picks up close to the time that the first book left off. The Clark brothers find themselves serving the movement once again while their father continues to mend from his injury. Their older brother Berty is helping on missions as well. This time there is a spy who seems to know their every move. As they set off on an adventure in the Turtle submarine, will they be able to deliver their load? Will Berty make it as well? The boys must depend on their faith to get them through some scary situations. 

I love that my kids love these books. This type of book combines fiction with historical facts to broaden their understanding of the 1770s while keeping them intrigued with a fast paced story. The book even ends with some reprinted letters from the time period that describe some of the real adventures of the war. There is also a glossary of terms and descriptions of some of the historical characters from the time. Add in the discussion questions given in the book and this is an educational treasure trove. The Skead father-son duo has done another great job with this historical fiction for kids. I hope there will be future books in this series!

I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 


  1. What age do you recommend for these books? They look like such a fun read.

    1. Some of the chapters are longer with very few pictures. There are some tense situations (i.e. someone taken hostage). I looked it up and found a recommended age of 8-12. I'd guess it just depends on the child. Speedy is 8 and enjoyed it, but it took him about a chapter per night to read it. Apple is 10 and likes these too but can read them in one or two sittings.


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