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Commodore Barney's Young Spies By James Otis, Victor Markland
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It’s Summer 1814. A British Fleet moves inexorably up the Chesapeake Bay in order to punish the American people and sap their desire to continue the “Second War of Independence.”... More > Among the gallant defenders of their nation’s capitol are a young fisherman who casts his lot with the Joshua Barney and his flotilla. In “Commodore Barney’s Young Spies” you will travel with Amos Grout as he spies on the invaders and witnesses every aspect of the campaign from Benedict to Bladensburg and Fort Washington. Otis’s text is accessible and exciting, his characters likeable and familiar and his history thorough and accurate. Through Amos he brings the trials and terrors of war home in way young readers can appreciate and that textbooks cannot match. A great introduction to The War of 1812 in Maryland.< Less
The Cruise of the Comet By James Otis, Victor Markland
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Sail with famous Baltimore privateer Capt. Thomas Boyle onboard the schooner Comet at the peak of the war of 1812. Told through the eyes of young Stephen Burton , this true to life account takes the... More > reader through exciting adventures on land and at sea. James Otis weaves into the factual account not only the story of the cruise itself but also background on the causes of the war, and local historyof the Chesapeake region as well as lessons in geography, politics, mathematics and seamanship. The Cruise of the Comet is an excellent introduction to America's "second war of Independence" for the young reader and a good old fashioned patriotic page turner for readers of any age.< Less
Captain Tom, The Privateersman By James Otis, Victor Markland
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Sail on the crew of the Baltimore Clipper the Chasseur known as the “Pride of Baltimore", the most famous US privateer in the War of 1812. Picking up where “The Cruise of the... More > Comet” leaves off and once again told through the eyes of young Stephen Burton this true-to-life account follows Captain Thomas Boyle and the crew of the Chasseur through exciting adventures on land and at sea. James Otis weaves into the factual account not only the events of the cruise itself but delves into the causes of the war, local history and lessons both moral and practical “Captain Tom, The Privateersman” is an excellent introduction for the young reader to the War of 1812 and a good old fashioned page turner for readers of all ages.< Less