Paul has also written a couple of great chapter books that would be fun for young students to read in class. You can even win your choice in a giveaway here, if you hurry. And I wanted to post this review of Fables of the Flag while it’s still close to the start of the school year because I hope some teachers will add it to their schedule. Ethan Coffee found me through World Literary Cafe, and I’m glad he did. Fables of the Flag is like combining history and English into one, except more fun.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ethan Coffee did a great job of making history come alive in his book where a field trip turns into an unexpected trip through time. Young Jack Preston has a knack for finding trouble, and when he flees a museum guard and ends up meeting a young Ben Franklin, he finds plenty. He’s ill-prepared for colonial life, let alone the conniving enemies of Ben’s family’s printing press. Maybe I shouldn’t call this a historical adventure in case the “h” word sounds boring.
Fables of the Flag is the opposite of boring. It’s exciting.
It’s really a period buddy book and mystery adventure, with lots of danger thrown in. I enjoyed meeting Ben Franklin as a teen, before he became famous. Coffee did a great job creating atmosphere, and not just historical atmosphere. He’s the rare author who uses weather to make his characters miserable when most books seem to take place in a weather vacuum. Coffee also painted some vivid pictures of the shipyard and let his characters experience some harrowing close-calls there.
This would be a great book to read in class. There was some head-hopping, but not a lot. I don’t think most teens will notice. What they’ll notice is how the story makes them feel like they’re there, with Jack and Ben, as they face trials and setbacks in their investigation. And they might feel a little romantic thrill when a pretty girl gets involved. Towards the end, I found myself wishing the book was longer, but all’s well that ends with more adventures to come. I highly recommend Fables of the Flag for teens and even pre-teens who are ready for more than a chapter book. Parents will enjoy it too.
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I hope word of mouth will give some of the worthwhile children’s books like Ethan’s and Paul’s the boost they need to help the authors write more. Leaving a favorable review is the best thing you can do for an indie author. Remember, you’re their best advertising. So have fun reading and come back in a few days for the Under the Sea Hop featuring Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie. Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment, including whether you’d like to see this book in a giveaway by itself or a combined indie giveaway over the holidays.