Creative Kid Thursday! Tarleton’s Spy by David Slaughter

31 Jul

Welcome to Creative Kid Thursday!

I have a great book for you, loyal readers! A historical fiction novel that was written by David Slaughter, who was 14 when he started writing it.

Here is a bit about David Slaughter from his author page on Tate Books’ website:

“David Slaughter, a young author from Westerville, Ohio, began writing Tarleton’s Spy when he was fourteen. He enjoys the flexibility of his home school and is furthering his avid interest in the details of America’s history and language with a degree from Patrick Henry College.” To learn more, visit his author’s page HERE.

tarlatonTarleton’s Spy

By David Slaughter

120 pages – ages 9+

Published by Tate Publishing on June 10, 2014

16-year-old Jimmy was both excited and scared. He was leaving Britain to serve as an errand runner/message boy in the Americans’ rebellion. He would be serving under the British General Banastre Tarleton. The Americans were rebelling for reasons that he didn’t understand. Making friends with an American boy who was captured, Jimmy soon learns everything he needs to know. It only confuses him about which side to fight for. What can the lad do? It also doesn’t help that he has heard a mysterious murder plot being whispered among some of the men. Jimmy decides to investigate the murder plot while also deciding where his loyalty lays.

This was a great historical fiction novel written by a kid. David Slaughter was 14 when he started Tarleton’s Spy. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I also think it is a very hard genre to write in because the story has to be believable for the time/event it is set around. I think that David did a wonderful job of writing the facts into a great fiction story. From the title I thought that the story would be about Jimmy being a spy for/on Tarleton but really it is about the events leading up to Jimmy deciding to be a spy. I would have liked to read about Jimmy as a spy, maybe David can write a follow-up! Jimmy was a great character who you come to like. I understand why he feels so conflicted about who is right in the war. I think the story was good, and I would be happy to read other works by David Slaughter. The story is completely appropriate for younger kids. Young Mr. Slaughter uses great language, and doesn’t go into great detail in the fight scenes, but adds enough action and adventure to make the story exciting.

 Find Tarleton’s Spy on AMAZON HERE

Find it at Tate’s website HERE.

14 Responses to “Creative Kid Thursday! Tarleton’s Spy by David Slaughter”

  1. readingwithrhythm July 31, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Sounds like an exciting tale!

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  2. Michelle Isenhoff July 31, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Very cool and very impressive!!

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  3. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books August 1, 2014 at 4:44 am #

    It is a very specific genre to write n and, as you say, the facts/names/places/clothes/language etc., of the day have to be extremely well-researched as you are teaching history through a story. Well done David. And great review Erik!

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  4. brianbern August 1, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    I love a good spy story. Thanks for pointing this one out.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      You? A spy story, Mr. Bern? I wonder why? 😉 It is a nice historical fiction novel. 🙂

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  5. heylookawriterfellow August 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Dang! 14?

    I am intrigued.

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  6. LovableLobo August 1, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Sounds like a real thriller. Great cover! Thanks for introducing us to another super creative kid, SuperKid!

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  7. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Oooo! I like spy stories. 🙂

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