One April in Boston eBook
One April in Boston is the story of a real American family and a gift that was passed down from generation to generation. The newly revised second edition (2015) contains 46 original pen and ink illustrations created by Cortney Skinner and additional content not found in the first print version. This children’s book, written for ages 10-13, teaches American history, the power of imagination, and the value of goal setting.
In the book you’ll meet 10-year-old Ben Edwards, a boy who actually lived in Colonial Boston at the time of the American Revolution. An orphan at the age of eight, he lives with his Aunt Sarah and his Uncle Alexander Edwards, a member of the Sons of Liberty. Ben is growing up at an exciting time, and his uncle’s patriotic connections give special meaning to the events he experiences.
Ben dreams of a life full of adventures at sea. He wants to be a mariner, just like his grandfather, an early Boston sea captain. Ben puts this goal in writing and never gives up on it. Throughout the story, he carries a spyglass that once belonged to his seafaring ancestor. Ben believes he can glimpse the future through its lens. Some family members make fun of his claim, but not his cousin Betsey. She is certain that Ben can truly see images of things to come through his spyglass.
In One April in Boston, you’ll meet Ben and his siblings and discover his passion for the sea. You’ll encounter his Uncle Alex, a cabinetmaker, and learn about his involvement in the Sons of Liberty. You’ll light the signal lanterns with Robert Newman and follow silversmith Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride to Lexington. Later, you’ll stand beside Ben and his cousin Betsey as they hear the Declaration of Independence being read for the first time in Boston.
According to family legend, in 1905 the spyglass was passed on to Ben’s great-great-grandson, Philip Edwards, who glimpses his own future through it. You’ll follow Phil as he travels to Boston in 1909 to learn more about his ancestors. In 1917, before he goes to France to fight for his country, 22-year-old Phil kisses his sweetheart Ella goodbye and realizes that the time has come to pass on his gift.
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.
One April in Boston Audio Samples
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.