At last Billy Bartram has received the invitation he’s waited for all his life: His father has asked Billy to join him on one of his expeditions into the vast American wilderness.
Traveling in a massive flying aeroship, Billy and a secret society of philosophers and scientists venture west in search of the lost kingdom of the Welsh prince Madoc, to seek aid in the coming war with the French. But the wilds of colonial America hide a host of secret dangers—from a terrifying bear-wolf that haunts their every move, to a party of French soldiers hot on their trail, to a spy and traitor in their midst.
Billy will face hazards greater than he has ever imagined as, together with his father, he gets caught up in the fight for the biggest prize of all: America.
Title: The Lost Kingdom
Author: Matthew J. Kirby
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Formats: 352 pages, hardcover; e-book
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
This was a fun audio book! I liked the pre-Revolutionary War setting, although a few times it was a bit confusing as to what was historical information and what fell under the fantasy heading (which much of the story obviously did). A great middle grade story! My favorite part was the relationship between the main character, Billy, and his father and how that relationship changed and evolved over the course of the story.