Title: Powder Monkey
Category: Academic Wings
Author: Donna McDine http://www.donnamcdine.com
Artist: KC Snider http://www.KCSniderart.com
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616333843; 1616333847
Paperback ISBN: 9781616333850; 1616333853
eBook ISBN: 9781616333867; 1616333863
Price: $19.95 hard cover / $9.95 paperback / $5.00 e-book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
SYNOPSIS: Forced into a life at sea by the Royal Navy Press Gangs, 12-year-old Tommy Kitt finds himself in a floating sea of misery. Poor living conditions and beatings occur daily. Despite his small size, Tommy must summon the courage and physical ability to prevail in a situation he cannot escape.
MY REFLECTION: This is a historical picture book for kids 8 and up about the Royal Navy Press Gangs. It is a book which will educate kids and also inspire them by showing how much easier their life is today than it was in those difficult days when they had to be separated from family, friends, and loved ones. This book will stretch a children’s imagination and educate at the same time. What a GREAT combination.
The illustrations are wonderful and the book will keep children reading the book over and over again. The book is geared mostly for boys but it can also be used for educational purposes in the classroom and also for home schooling.
Thank you Donna McDine for such a wonderful book! You are indeed a gifted children’s writer.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth