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Book Review/Giveaway: Powder Monkey. Ends Oct 5th

Powder Monkey

Powder Monkey by Donna M. McDine and illustrated by K.C. Snider

About the Book: Forced into a life at sea by the Royal Navy Press Gangs, 12-year-old Tommy Kitt finds himself in a floating sea of misery. Poor living conditions and beatings occur daily. Despite his small size, Tommy must summon the courage and physical ability to prevail in a situation he cannot escape.

My Review: The Press Gangs came to young Tommy’s village to take young boys to work aboard their ship. His parents were worried that Tommy and James will be taken and plan on hiding the boys.

As the day approached the Press Gangs came to his parents’ farm, he watched as his brother was dragged into the waiting wagon. His father was no match for the men as they pistol whipped his father and threw his mother to the ground. Tommy screamed and rushed toward the man but he was no match for him and was tackled and thrown into the back of the wagon and bound by a rope with his brother and they drove off. On the way more young boys where tossed into the wagon. They were taken aboard a warship to do several chores.

Back in the day, young boys were stolen from their families and pressed into service on ships to work in horrible conditions. Tommy was determined to survive and to do that he had to listen and do his duties each day.

The illustration by K.C. Snider helps tell the story.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Pages: 24

Age 8 and up

Giveaway Rules


There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by

Giveaway Ends October 5th, 2013

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

Giveaway Guidelines and Disclaimer  

Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #4 – Dorothy Teel



September 20, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. I think it’s important for children to read books of this nature to understand that life is not always easy for everyone in the world. Somewhere in the world, right this very minute, children are being exploited, sold into all forms of slavery. I think it also helps a child appreciate the warm & nurturing environment of their own home. And to also understand, that not everyone has that kind of home environment.

    Comment by Georgia Beckman | September 20, 2013 | Reply

    • Hello Georgia,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your insight comment. Your interest is greatly appreciated.


      Comment by Donna McDine (@dmcdine) | September 20, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hi Ella,

    Thank you for taking the time out to review Powder Monkey and to provide an opportunity for a visitor to comment for a chance to win a copy. Your ever ending support is appreciated.


    Comment by Donna McDine (@dmcdine) | September 20, 2013 | Reply

  3. In my opinion, the best way to teach children history (and really values, morals, lessons) is through books like these. If you can engage them in a story and get them to care about the characters, they remember facts so much better! Thank you for the opportunity!

    Comment by Margo Dill | September 20, 2013 | Reply

  4. I think this would be a good learning book about what children had to do and endure when growing up years ago. To be taken to serve on a Royal Navy ship as a service boy after being taken away from his family would be an eye opener to our children. I think that this book Powder Monkey by Donna M. McDine would be a interesting and eye opening story to read.

    Comment by Dorothy Teel | September 21, 2013 | Reply

  5. I truly enjoy books about life on the sea. I just finished one this week. This sounds like one that my grandson would enjoy also. I would love to read it to him.

    Comment by | September 21, 2013 | Reply

  6. I’ve read before about the press gangs and how children were basically never treated as children an so many had no childhoods. this book will teach about the harsh realities children faced back then compared to their happy childhoods of today. Thanks so much for the post.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | September 24, 2013 | Reply

  7. Thank you so very much

    Comment by Dorothy Teel | October 8, 2013 | Reply

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