Drumbeats in Williamsburg by Isabelle Lawrence

Drumbeats in Williamsburg

By Isabelle Lawrence
Level 6

Children used to a diet of “junk food” books may not feel this book is as instantly entertaining as other books. However, those who are used to good and beautiful style books should really love this book—I did! This wholesome and exciting story is full of authentic historical details as it beautifully paints the story of fictional character young Andy Small. In the early Revolutionary War, Andy is sent to live in Williamsburg with relatives for his safety. But Williamsburg turns out to be anything but safe. Andy meets General Lafayette, carries an important message, cares for and hides a wounded British boy, and ends up taking a daring and unique role in the Siege of Yorktown. This is one of those books that really should not be out of print. The first half of the book is not as exciting as the second half, which really picks up. I adore the drawings at the beginning of each chapter.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region North America, United States
Period 18th Century, Late 1700s
Genre Historical Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • Hard to Find
  • Gentle Favorite
  • 3 Entertainment Value
  • 4 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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