Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com
A spirited girl who wants to do more than sit idly by during the Revolutionary War, Abigail Smith takes action. Determined to find her only living relative, Abigail cuts her long hair, sheds the frilly dresses she's been forced to wear, and puts on her brother's britches.
Thus disguised, she presents herself to General Benedict Arnold and takes her place as a sailor aboard the Spitfire, a battleship in an American Fleet facing off against the British.
Abigail, now known as "Adam," befriends another young sailor, Pascal de Angelis, and together they perform duties and follow whatever orders are assigned to them.
A fascinating look at life aboard a revolutionary battleship, this book portrays wartime life in 1776, even things that would make grown ups gasp. Consequently, kids are sure to love it.
This is a great story, accompanied by maps and drawings by Martha Gully and cover art by Gail Smith Schirmer.