Hope Irvin Marston is a retired junior high school teacher and librarian. She is the author of more than thirty children’s books, including the award winning “My Little Book” collection of wildlife stories and ISAAC JOHNSON: FROM SLAVE TO STONECUTTER. Her newest titles are EYE ON THE IDITAROD: AISLING'S QUEST and SACKETS HARBOR POWDER MONKEY - THE WAR OF 1812. She and her husband of more than fifty years live with their dog Heidi in Black River, NY, a twenty minute drive from Sackets Harbor.
It’s 1811 and 11-year-old Rankin McMullin is ready for action. He’s joined the warship Oneida to fight the British and end the laws that have forced New York farmers to become smugglers. As a powder boy, his job is to carry gunpowder to the carronades. When the shooting begins, the battle is seen through Rankin’s eyes. The unique way it’s fought and the unusual way it ends surprises both sides.