Mathias Franey, Powder Monkey

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Powder Monkey, Mathias "Minnow" Franey, must face his fears when his ship, USS Constitution, opens fire on the British Warship HMS Guerriere. This book is a thrilling introduction for young readers to the War of 1812. Powder Monkey has many beautifully drawn pages depicting young Mathias' perspective of Constitution's most famous battle. The author, Ellen W. Leroe, has written over 30 books for children of all ages and Sarah Grannen's illustrations appear in several children's magazines. Great for ages 5 to 9.

Hardcover, 36 pgs., published 2011 by Twin Light Publishers.