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The Prize: Tales from a Revolution: Vermont (Tales from a Revolution)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Caleb's father is serving with Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys as the long-anticipated open war against the British rages up and down the length of Lake Champlain. Between his duties on the family farm and constant worry about his father's safety, the young man's attentions are already fully occupied when a fateful encounter with an unlikely neighbor changes everything. ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Puddletown Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2001)
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Since Ii have a camp right on Lake Champlain and have a perfect view of Carleton's Prize (The Prize) i could see everything unfold. I could see the battle here right on the lake. Who thought a 15 year old boy and a pirate could perform a friendship to become family, when the boy (Caleb) marries Captain Mallet's daughter, Lunette. I only reccommend this book if you have been to Lake Champlain, so you can get the full affect of the whole story. I could see Caleb, Lunette and M
This book was absolutely wonderful. Having grown up in that area or Vermont I found it extremely easy to picture the settlement and the lake which created a lot of nostalgia for me. Great balance of fact and fiction. I was slightly disappointed in the ending but perhaps I just wasn't ready to let the characters go so quickly.
Troy Ciesco
Overall, this was a very good book. I absolutely loved the characters, and the author's use of historical context was incredible. Since the historical context was what I was searching for, and the author made me feel like I was in Vermont during the American Revolution, I gave it five stars.

However, I wasn't a huge fan of the plot of the book. One problem with historical fiction in general is that there's only so far you can stray from history. Even given that concession, though, I felt like the
When it comes to Historical Fiction, I always wonder how much of the novel will be historical facts.

This novel had the perfect mixture of fact and fiction to create an entertaining story and at the same time piqued my interest in learning more about the Revolutionary War.

I highly recommend this novel. It grabbed my attention from the start and kept it. Now I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Michelle Isenhoff
On the border between New York and Vermont lies Lake Champlain, like a 125-mile-long wedge cleaving the two states apart. Its northern end has access to the all-important St. Lawrence River; its southern end nearly reaches the Hudson River. During the centuries in which water travel was far superior to overland, this waterway was invaluable. In years of conflict, a contest for control was inevitable.

Lars Hedbor has crafted a superb novel set on the Vermont shore of Lake Champlain at the outset
Jessica Bronder
This takes place around the time the colonists are starting to settle America. Caleb and his family live on Lake Champlain. His father, Elijah, has joined the Green Mountain Boys and is helping fight off the British. That has left Caleb, his brother Samuel, and mother Polly to run the family farm. Caleb has taken to watching Lake Champlain for British activity and reporting it to the local town.

On one of his trips, he runs into the French Captain Mallett. Captain Mallett wants to know what Caleb
Lars Hedbor is a dear friend of mine, so I have to admit that my own reading may be a bit biased, but I don't really think so. I received nothing in exchange for my review. As a lifelong reader, I am very critical of books with unfounded backgrounds, or poor grammar, or a lack of subject knowledge. While my primary interests are mystery and the paranormal, I have really enjoyed this foray into historical fiction. The characters read as very real, and the situations in which they find themselves ...more
Too short for my taste, but good period history that I didn't know much about. I didn't find the dialogue very realistic, which is why the 3 stars.
Donna Persico
I was anticipating more of an historical and detailed accounting of what was going on at the time and I chose this book based upon others' reviews inferring the same, so I was somewhat disappointed. It was a nice story nonetheless, just not the story I thought it would be; it read more like a love story between Caleb, the young Vermont man in the story, and Lunette, the French settler's daughter.
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