Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Book review: Traitor in Williamsburg by Elizabeth McDavid Jones

Traitor in Williamsburg: A Felicity Mystery by Elizabeth McDavid Jones (Published by American Girl, March 2008)

It is April 1776 in Williamsburg, Virginia, where eleven-year-old Felicity Merriman lives with her family. It is shortly after the beginning of the American Revolution, and with the royal governor having fled Williamsburg, the town is now ruled by the Committee of Safety, a group of Patriots who try to identify those with Loyalist sympathies who may be aiding the British. But the anti-Loyalist sentiments are causing some innocent men to be accused as well, such as the father of Felicity‘s friend Fiona McLeod. Mr. McLeod is innocent, but fearing for his family’s safety, he decides they must all leave Williamsburg.

Felicity’s sadness over missing her friend is soon replaced by worry for her father when the same mysterious man who accused Fiona’s father accuses Felicity’s own father, a known Patriot, of being a traitor. With the help of her best friend, Elizabeth, and her father’s apprentice, Ben, Felicity must find out the identity of the mysterious accuser so that she can clear her father’s name.

Traitor in Williamsburg is a book that is sure to be enjoyed by young girls who enjoy historical fiction. The characters are likeable and the story teaches many historical facts. As a young girl I loved the American Girl books and Felicity was one of my favorite characters because I always have loved stories set in colonial America, so I still enjoyed this book even if I am way too old for it now! Because this book and the other American Girl Mysteries are longer than the original American Girl books, the series will especially be enjoyed by readers who love the American Girl books and characters but who are beginning to move on to longer books. However the book also works fine as a standalone and it is not necessary to have read previous books about Felicity to enjoy the story.

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