Bulldog Library

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims

on January 9, 2014

YA F Limbaugh    •    Historical Fiction/Fantasy

Jacket.aspxTalking.  Time traveling.  Horse.  Need I say more?

Substitute history teacher Rush Revere has a few surprises in store for his new class.  First he brings a horse named Liberty to class.  Even more surprising, the horse says “bless you” to a student when he sneezes.  Mr. Revere’s students soon find out that Liberty can say more than just “bless you”, a lot more . . . and very often does.  The class is delighted by Liberty, but little do they suspect that talking is not the only unique ability that Liberty has.  Soon two of Mr. Revere’s students will find out just how special Liberty really is.

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is a quirky book.  Part historical fiction, part fantasy, readers get a sampling of history with a huge side of comedy.  It is a fun book to read and includes many full color illustrations and diagrams which both add to the readers enjoyment and historical understanding.

The only small disappointment is that the story of the pilgrims presented in this books represents only ‘greatest hits’ of the Pilgrims (so to speak).  Liberty takes Rush and his students back and forward in time frequently so as to “fast-forward” through the pilgrims story.  Each stop allows the reader to briefly glimpse a snapshot in the pilgrims’ story: sea-sickness on the Mayflower; meeting Squanto; the first Thanksgiving. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims introduces readers to the trials and triumphs of the Pilgrims; however, novels have the power to create an emotional connection in the readers  who feel the hardship and rejoice in the success of the characters.  Sadly, this empathy and emotional connection is not made in Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.  Readers learn the facts but fail to experience the heart-pounding, heart-breaking adventures of history.  (The one exception is Liberty.  Readers cannot help but fall in love with Liberty!)

Overall, this book introduces a unique premise and a very promising start to what could become an exciting series of historical adventures.

Interest Level: grades 4-8  • Lexile: 740L  • AR: 5.4

Limbaugh, R. (2013).  Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.  New York, NY: Threshold Editions.

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