One April in Boston eBook
The story of one family’s gift passed down from the time of the American Revolution
One April in Boston is a children’s book unlike any other you have ever read. Written for ages 10-13, it teaches American history, the power of imagination, and the value of goal setting. In this unique book you will learn the real story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride; witness the first shots of the American Revolution; attend the reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston on July 18, 1776; visit the Paul Revere House in 1909; and much more. Originally published in 2000, One April in Boston appeared in 2015 with expanded content as an eBook. This second edition was released in print form in 2017 and features 48 original pen and ink illustrations created by Cortney Skinner.
After researching his Boston ancestors for six years, author Ben Edwards has crafted a tale that not only tells their story by tying in real connections to Paul Revere and Abraham Lincoln, but honors his relative Private Philip Edwards by revealing the gift he gave to the neighborhood children before leaving for France to fight in World War I and passing into legend.
When the story begins in April 1775, 10-year-old Ben Edwards carries a spyglass that once belonged to his grandfather, an early Boston sea captain. Ben believes he can glimpse the future through its lens. His goal is to work on a sailing ship and see the world. Can the spyglass and a member of the Sons of Liberty help Ben on his journey? Will his predictions about the future come true? By reading the book you’ll discover that Ben’s gift is something we all possess, a power that can help you on your own life’s journey—if you believe in it.
Purchase the Print Version of the Second Edition
The print version of the newly revised second edition of One April in Boston was published in 2017. It is available direct from the author, at the Paul Revere House Gift Shop (both online and at the new Education and Visitor Center) and other locations. Learn more here.
Get the Audio Book on a Walking Boston Private Tour
The 3 1/2-hour audio book of the newly revised second edition of One April in Boston is free to participants taking a Walking Boston private guided walking tour with author Ben Edwards. Tour participants receive access to the audio book on CD and MP3 audio. To learn more about Ben’s private tours for families, and his private tours/field trips for school groups and homeschoolers click on the links below.
The One April in Boston audio book is read by Phil Rosenthal. Mr. Rosenthal is a nationally renowned singer, songwriter, recording artist, and record producer. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the White House and, as the lead singer and guitarist in the bluegrass band The Seldom Scene, received a Grammy nomination for his work on Scene 20. Mr. Rosenthal’s audio recordings for children, under the label American Melody, have garnered wide acclaim including awards from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, American Library Association and other organizations.