Captain Marryat "The Children of the New Forest"

Captain Marryat "The Children of the New Forest"

Captain Marryat "The Children of the New Forest"

 

Captain Marryat

It is 1647 and the four Beverley children - Edward, Humphrey, Alice, and little Edith - are in hiding in the New Forest. The King of England is in prison, and there is fighting everywhere in the country - Cromwell’s men against the King’s men. And if you are a friend of the King, you are in great danger. The children’s father died while fighting for the King, their mother is dead, Cromwell’s soldiers have burnt their home, and they have no money, no food, nothing. But they have one true friend - old Jacob Armitage. So now, with Jacob to help them, they must learn to live off the land - to hunt for meat in the forest, to plant vegetables, to look after the pigs and chickens. But Cromwell’s men are everywhere, and the children must learn never to say that their name is Beverley...

 

Text Analysis: Unique words: about 700 Total words: 6,650
Hard words: brave, bury, clean, farm, frighten, gipsy, hate, hunt, king, kiss, land, lift, look after, oatmeal, Parliament, Parliamentary, pretend, rebuild, Roundhead, save, search, sir

 

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