Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Britfield & The Lost Crown Book Review

I have a fun adventure novel to share with you today, Britfield & The Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart.  It's available in softcover, hardcover, audiobook and ebook formats.  We received the physical softcover.

Our New Book

A, B and C all read this book and really enjoyed it!  Here are some of their individual thoughts below.

What A thought:  It's about two orphans named Tom and Sarah that are best friends.  They are being treated badly at the orphanage where they live.  Tom finds out that there is a chance his parents are still alive with a one word clue, Britfield.  He and Sarah escape from the orphanage in hopes of locating Tom's parents.  Along the way, they make friends that help them while being pursued by the best detective in England, Detective Gowerstone.  He often finds the duo but they manage to escape from him every time in exciting ways.  When Gowerstone finally catches Tom and Sarah, the outcome is not the expected.  This cliffhanger ending makes me excited to read the next book when it is released.

What B thought:  This book is about two best friends named Tom and Sarah.  They live at Weatherly, an orphanage run by Mr. and Mrs. Grievous, who are cruel to all of the orphans.  The orphans all have a special bond and they would do anything to help each other.  So when Tom and Sarah try to make a daring escape, the orphans cause a distraction risking punishment.  Once they have everything back in order, the Grievouses hire Detective Gowerstone, who is the greatest detective, to find Tom and Sarah.  Tom and Sarah hide in a hot air balloon and use it to get away.  Several times they just barely avoid getting caught and they can't trust anybody until they meet Professor Hainsworth.  He offers to help them and find out where they came from.  Tom had fled the orphanage with a paper that said Britfield, a hint that his parents could be alive.  With the Professor's help they learn that Tom might be the heir to the throne which puts them in even more danger.  Luckily an unexpected twist happens when they are finally caught.  I really enjoyed reading this book because it was exciting and suspenseful.  I never knew what was about to happen and I had several surprises.  I can't wait to read the next book.

What C thought:  This book was about Tom and Sarah, two orphans living in an orphanage that doesn't treat them well.  They decide to run away.  They also figured out that the name Britfield was in Tom's file.  They were trying to figure everything out while trying to escape to start a new, better life.  After escaping, they found out that Detective Gowerstone was chasing them along with police officers.  Tom and Sarah did their best to avoid them.  There was a fun hot air balloon escape.  I like this book because it was interesting and had a lot of twists and turns.  Events didn't always turn out how I thought they would and it was fun to read.  I'm looking forward to the adventures ahead in France.

This face-paced mystery, adventure novel really transports the reader throughout England.  It's about friendship, family, loyalty and courage.  The author and story invite the reader to learn more about English history, literature, art and architecture through rich detail and descriptions.  One prevalent theme throughout this adventure is that people are not always who they seem to be.  I hope that keeps you guessing!  I also want to note that this story takes place in modern day England.  I'm not surprised that it has already won numerous awards.  We are looking forward to the next installment coming in the fall of 2020.

Some of the Achievement Awards for this book

Synopsis (from the back of the book):  Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them.  He can't leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word BRITFIELD, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon.  Now they're on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England.  Tom and Sarah's journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury.  Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom's royal mystery.

Our Study Guide

There is also an 83 page, 8 week study guide available to teachers and homeschoolers for free.  This guide is designed to be taught in the classroom as a comprehensive literary work working through the book chapter by chapter for ~ 8 weeks.  This guide focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, going deeper questions and suggestions for learning more and is a great resource.  It also contains an answer key.  One of my favorite parts of this guide is the story element section.  Students are asked to describe the plot, list conflicts from the plot, list the themes they found in the story, and produce brief character sketches.

Here is a vocabulary list located in the study guide.

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1 comment:

CR Stewart said...

Kathryn and A,B, & C! Thank you all so much for reading & reviewing Britfield! I am very impressed with your insights and thrilled that you enjoyed the story! Keep reading, my friends!

CR Stewart