We have been reading and loving an adventure novel called Britfield & the Lost Crown and the escapades of Tom and Sarah. Having already read a physical copy of the book myself, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review the audio version of this book. I have to say it did not disappoint. Full of English history, this adventure novel was worth both reading to as well as to hear being read aloud.
C. R. Stewart, the author, has 20 years of experience in writing everything from fiction to non-fiction, and even movie screenplays. Our family feels he has done an excellent job of creating a picture with his words in this Young Adult novel.
As a parent, I appreciate having the options of a paperback book, an e-book as well as an Audible audiobook. Because we already had a physical copy of this book, I was excited to see the audiobook being offered for review.
I was already familiar with the story and spoke about some points with my family. However, the added dimension of listening to an audiobook as a family increased my enjoyment. As we began listening to the story which is set in England, I was thrilled that the narrator, Ian Russell, spoke an accent. I feel he did an excellent job, and his voice fit the storyline so perfectly.
As an orphan, Tom endures much hardship at Weatherly Orphanage and at the hands of the individuals in charge, Mr. and Mrs. Grievous, the seedy caretaker Mr. Speckle, and even the legendary watchdog Wind all create a miserable existence for the children who are essentially being held hostage in the orphanage.
When Tom discovers his parents may be alive, he endeavors to make plans to escape the orphanage. Sarah, one of his friends from the orphanage, winds up having to escape with Tom. The relationships throughout the story came across well to our family. We enjoyed listening to the adventures and escapades of Tom and Sarah as they made their way to London.
As Tom and Sarah move from one place to another and from people and situations to new circumstances, our family was enthralled by this book. The danger, adventure, and mystery are portrayed well.
One of our family’s favorite parts of this story is when Tom and Sarah take to the sky in a hot air balloon. It emphasized the importance of the hot air balloon the cover of the book. Full of danger, adventure, and mystery, the story kept our attention. While I personally have no desire to go up in a hot air balloon, I can picture my children being open to such an adventure.
Detective Gowerstone provides an interesting foil for Tom and Sarah, but things are not always as they appear to be. So our family also appreciated how the storyline developed through imagery and details that assisted our imaginations. Throughout the story, we found things and people we thought were one way to actually be a different way. We appreciated these twists.
There is an 83-page pdf study guide that goes with this book. It can be found on the Resources page here, along with printable quotes, creative ideas, and more. The study guide is designed to be used over eight weeks (or longer) taking students through the book chapter by chapter. It includes activities involving vocabulary, comprehension activities, and other activities such as crossword puzzles and word searches. I definitely feel this guide would be an excellent addition for homeschooling families to assist with family involvement and ensuring your children are retaining what they are reading or hearing.
Our only complaint about this story is the same one I had when I initially read the book. We were disappointed it ended and the next novel in the series is not supposed to be released until sometime in 2020. We are anxious to find out how the story continues.
So if you want to read or listen to an adventure book with English history, check out this book for yourself.