Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Morgan the Jersey Spy by James Otis

Two young cousins, Luis and Guy, are determined to someday help their country by serving in the American army against the British Redcoats.  But there fathers, both very prominent in the US Army, don't think they are ready.  And there mother's would never let them to enter into such danger.  But when the cousins meet Morgan, a faithful American spy dressed as a Red Coat, their loyalty and bravery will be put to the test in the adventures they must face.


I honestly have no idea how anyone could truly enjoy this book.  What could have been a fantastic story was too short (172 pages), unemotional, underdeveloped, unrealistic, and just plain stupid.  Everything about it was boring.  Nothing really happened.  The cousins were sent on a journey to give some information to Morgan the Jersey spy, but I quickly forgot the information - and if I forgot the reason why they were going straight into the enemy's camp, how important was that information, really?  So what did James Otis write about?  Not much.

As far as characters go...  Louis and Guy did things that anyone would never do.  Their actions were way overdrawn and most of the time, the conversations were cheesy and never progressed the story.  Morgan was the only "good" character, and even he was just...ok.

The story didn't even have the feel of the time period it was set in.  It was as though James Otis had his own ideas of what he wanted the war to look/feel like.  I am so disappointed because I was actually really, really excited to read this book.  Now I want to go pick up a classic that's actually good to get this one out of my head... :/


  1. Oh gosh, this one sounds awful. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. *sigh* wish I didn't have to write such a negative review, but I guess it happens at least once or twice, right? haha!

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  4. i dony like the book at all

  5. i have to read this book for my 6th grade class BBBOOOOOOORRRRRRIIIIINNNNNNGGGGG