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Fables of the Flag

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Jack Preston, an ordinary kid on his 8th grade trip to Washington DC, finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to 1720 Massachusetts. Finding a world without cars, phones and other conveniences of modern life takes some getting used to, but he's even more surprised to meet a young Founding Father, Ben Franklin.

Being a righteous fellow, Ben befriends the confused
Kindle Edition, 91 pages
Published February 24th 2012 (first published February 20th 2012)
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Patricia Robles
Really enjoyed this YA time-travel. Kept me reading until I reached the end! I hope the sequel will be out soon!
An easy read with lots of imagination.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
This is the first book in a planned series focused on American history with a twist that includes time travel. It's geared for middle grade readers, who (let's face it) may be grudging history students. This is a great book for those who love history and those who are just dipping their toes in for the first time. I think that with this book's broad appeal, this is a great adventure story for readers and non-readers alike.

I loved that this book takes on the history of this country. History is so
Sher A. Hart
Ethan Coffee did a great job of making history come alive in his book where a field trip turns into an unexpected trip through time. Young Jack Preston has a knack for finding trouble, and when he flees a museum guard and ends up meeting a young Ben Franklin, he finds plenty. He's ill-prepared for colonial life, let alone the conniving enemies of Ben's family's printing press. Maybe I shouldn't call this a historical adventure in case the "h" word brings to mind boring. Fables of the Flag is the ...more
Jessica (Books: A true story)
Fables of the Flag is about a boy, Jack, who travels back in time and meets a young Benjamin Franklin. The story was cute, but I was not a big fan of the writing. It felt like too much telling and not enough showing. Some things weren’t fleshed out like they could of been like why Ralphie is even friends with Jack if he is always getting him in trouble. The dialogue felt awkward and the plot was a little too convenient sometimes. There wasn’t a ton of historical facts in this book, but I did lik ...more
Julie Duck
What an excellent and innovative book for younger YA! In particular, this will appeal to boys who are adventurous and interested in history. The concept of having a modern character go back in time to a period of history is done in a refreshing way with Fables, wherein a young man discovers a portal to the past and into the young life of Benjamin Franklin. I'll have more to say when Fables of the Flag hits my blog for its upcoming tour, but in the meantime I wholly recommend this book!
Caroline Fyffe
From the opening paragraph I connected instantly with Jack Preston. He's such a likeable fellow, but has the knack for getting into jams. When he's transported back in time to Colonial America he meets an intriguing cast of characters, one being Ben Franklin as a boy. Although this book's target audience is pre-teen, I have to say I simply loved this book! And adored the ending!! Do yourself a favor and read it today. I highly recommend it to all.
A fun read that mixes history, mystery, and daring boys. It's a quick read, featuring a complete and satisfying story arc with a mystery dangling at the end to entice you onto the next book. Especially great for reluctant reader boys.
Rebecca MA
Overall the book had an interesting plot. I think it could have gone into a bit more detail, maybe making the experiences a bit more in depth, but I think overall it was very interesting.
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