Surprise at Yorktown is the 15th book in the Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station series — a series in which cousins Patrick and Beth use the Imagination Station to travel back in time to take part in key historical events.
In this book, they find themselves in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Cannons are exploding all around them, and they struggle to figure out which side of the battlefield they are on.
In fast-paced narration, they meet a man named Armistead, and aren’t sure whether he is for the British or the Americans. They think he must be a spy.
The story moves quickly with age-appropriate suspense, and gives a glimpse into the events that led to the British surrender.
My nine-year-old daughter read the book to herself, and had this to say about it:
“I liked this book because it’s an Imagination Station book, and I really like that series. This one was about Patrick and Beth going into the Imagination Station and finding themselves in the Revolutionary War. They had been there before, but they hadn’t seen George Washington, and Patrick and Beth really wanted to see him. In this one, it seems like they’re never going to see George Washington, but in the end they saw him when they were helping the British surrender. I would recommend this whole series to 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders, and possibly 5th.”
When I asked my daughter if she learned anything from the book, she replied, “I learned how to get skunks out of a log!”
I guess you’ll just have to read the book for yourself to find out the rest of the story!