From Powder Monkey to Admiral
By: W.H.G. Kingston
Edited for Today’s Young Reader
By Richard S. Philbrick
Copyright 2011 Richard S. Philbrick
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There is a wonderful treasure trove of books that were written for young readers a century and more ago. While the tales are gripping, the writers didn’t have the timeless style of a Robert Louis Stevenson or a Charles Dickens, and the books fell by the wayside.
The dated spelling, grammar and syntax of these books put off young readers of the 21st Century and that’s a shame. This book, is full of adventure; pitched battles at sea with roaring canons, narrow escapes and heroism.
W.H.G. Kingston wrote over 150 books for young readers in the mid-1800s and this book was serialized in the magazine “Boy’s Own Paper” in 1883.
I have heavily edited the book to make it read as if it had been written today. Barely a paragraph remains as Kingston wrote it though the characters and plot remain as he presented them. The original book was over 120,000 words long. I have broken it into two separate books to make it easier for a young reader to tackle.