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Commodore Barney's Young Spies A Boy's Story of the Burning of the City of Washington   By: (1848-1912)

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James Otis's Commodore Barney's Young Spies: A Boy's Story of the Burning of the City of Washington offers readers a captivating and historically significant tale. Set during the War of 1812, this book delves into the actions of Commodore Joshua Barney and a group of young spies who played an instrumental role in the defense of Washington, D.C.

The story follows Thomas Truxtun and his friends, a group of courageous youngsters who become spies in order to gather information and aid the American cause. Otis expertly weaves together historical events and the fictional adventures of these young characters, creating a compelling narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

One of the book's strengths lies in Otis's ability to bring history to life through his vibrant descriptions and attention to detail. The author portrays the tension and fear that loomed over the capital city during the British invasion, effectively capturing the chaos and devastation that ensued. Additionally, Otis masterfully captures the spirit of patriotism and the resilience of the American people during this trying time.

The character development in Commodore Barney's Young Spies is another standout aspect of the book. Thomas Truxtun, the young protagonist, exemplifies bravery, resourcefulness, and an unwavering commitment to his country. Otis skillfully explores the challenges and sacrifices these young characters face as they maneuver through dangerous situations, ultimately highlighting their growth and courage.

Moreover, Otis incorporates a sense of moral depth into the story by addressing themes of loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice. Through the young spies, readers witness the power of camaraderie and the importance of trusting one another. The sacrifices made by these characters emphasize the broader themes of duty and patriotism, resonating with readers of all ages.

While Commodore Barney's Young Spies is primarily targeted towards younger readers, its engaging storyline and historical accuracy make it an enjoyable read for individuals of any age. James Otis seamlessly blends fiction with historical events, sparking readers' interest in American history and instilling a sense of national pride.

In conclusion, Commodore Barney's Young Spies: A Boy's Story of the Burning of the City of Washington is a compelling historical novel that successfully combines adventure, patriotism, and a glimpse into the War of 1812. James Otis's vivid storytelling and artful character development make this book a captivating read, educational for younger audiences, and a reminder of the bravery and resilience of those who fought to defend the nation's capital.

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Transcriber's Notes: Obvious errors have been corrected. Italic text in the original has been enclosed by ' ' and bold text by '='.

[Illustration: Darius cried out in my ear; but I heard him not, I was insane with the scene of carnage. Page 272.]


A Boy's Story of the Burning of the City of Washington


Author of "Across the Delaware," "At the Siege of Havana," "Life of John Paul Jones," "With Warren at Bunker Hill," etc., etc.


With six page illustrations By J. WATSON DAVIS


Copyright 1907 By A. L. BURT COMPANY




I. Captain Joshua Barney 1

II. At Benedict 20

III. Elias Macomber 39

IV. A Lively Tussle 58

V. With the Fleet 77

VI. Feeding the Enemy 96

VII. An Old Acquaintance 115

VIII. The Deserter 133

IX. An Unexpected Meeting 151

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