Title: It Happened on Fifth Street: A Tale of Forgotten Heroes
Author: Robyn R. Pearce
1837. America. A hidden letter. Family secrets. And Alf – determined to uncover them.
2015. New Zealand. A forgotten tin trunk. An old coin. And Abigail – searching through ancient documents.
Suddenly, Abi is hurled back in time. She comes to, sprawled on the floor of a strange room. A boy in old-fashioned clothes is looking at her in shock. He’s holding a letter – one she’s just read.
They pool their knowledge. What is the Committee of Vigilance? What is Joseph doing at night, down by the Ohio River? Could it be something to do with slavery, the vile trade his father rants about? But nothing adds up.
It takes ages, but at last – a breakthrough. They crack the secret and Alf demands to be included. He’s sworn to silence, for lives and livelihoods are in grave danger.
And then, things go bad. Very bad.
It Happened on Fifth Street: a tale of forgotten heroes is a coming-of-age historical novel and the first in the Freedom Series. Enjoy fast-paced adventure based on real events and real people. Meet folks who put their lives on the line, day after day, night after night. Come with Alf and Abi on a journey you’ll never forget.
If you like tales of feisty characters who refuse to be told ‘no’, you’ll love this tension-filled story by Robyn R. Pearce.
Right now, you too can discover the secret!
When Abi stumbles across a bunch of old documents, the last thing she expects is to be transported back in time. When she comes to and realizes that she’s not alone, she’s faced with a boy named Alf who’s on a similar journey. In order to get back to her time, she realizes she must get to the bottom of the documents. Starting with who the Committee of Vigilance is and how they tie into it all.
The story is filled with plenty of mystery and adventure. It’s one of those stories that sucks you in and holds you there. I really liked Abi. I thought she was a strong character. A fighter for sure. Even when she could’ve freaked out, and probably should’ve, she held it together and continued onward, always dedicated to getting answers.
The jumping timelines was an awesome part of this story. Even though the book is most definitely historical fiction, the time warp gave it almost a magical realism vibe in some parts.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.