The Matchlock Gun

matchlock gun

This Newberry Medal book is a historically accurate book which seems to pop up in a lot of reading lists, yet it is not one I would assign without discussion. The story, which takes place in 1756 in New York State, centres on a boy named Edward whose father is off protecting the family from an Indian raid in the north. Edward is primed on how to defend the family at home with a huge old Spanish gun. The story follows the impending attack by some Indians, as they are called, and culminates in Edward successfully shooting off the big gun, saving his mother’s life (it seems), and killing three of the enemy.

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Ages 8-12

Easy-read chapter book for beginners.

Not recommended

Reviewer: Doreen

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