The Hardy Boys Adventures #6: The Battle of Bayport
The Hardy Boys Adventures Series Book #6 of 20
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
|Published on June 3, 2014|
|Age Group: 8 - 12 years|
|Reading Level: ||AR: 6.5 (6.0 Points, Quiz #167301)|
Lexile® measure: 970L
While participating in a Revolutionary War reenactment, Frank and Joe learn that there has been a real casualty and set out to investigate the incident.
IT'S NOT EVERY DAY YOU get to shoot a cannon at a regiment of eighteenth-century British redcoats. Not in the twenty-first century, at least. But for one day, my humble little town of Bayport had flashed back to the year 1776.
The park overlooking our town's namesake bay had been transformed into a battlefield with America and Great Britain facing off across center field of the baseball diamond to fight it out over freedom and taxes. Spectators decked out in Colonial garb watched from the bleachers and the hillside nearby, while a Benjamin Franklin look-alike grilled up hot dogs and hamburgers on the barbecue. In the port below, an American flag with only thirteen stars flew from the mast of a huge old Continental Navy warship. It was quite a sight.
I mean, seeing your family, friends, and classmates carrying muskets and dressed up in 250-year-old military uniforms is about as strange as it gets. It felt kind of like the whole town had traveled back in time.
We were reenacting the Battle of Bayport to commemorate our town's small part in the Revolutionary War (it was more of a skirmish than a battle, really) and to celebrate the grand opening of the new Bayport History Museum aboard the USS Resolve, a beautifully restored sailing frigate from the very first US naval fleet.
The town had gone all out for the event, and it was hard not to get swept up in the excitement. Just about everyone in Bayport had turned out, and many of them were participating, my brother Joe and I included. The Revolutionary War had always been one of my favorite subjects. I was also volunteering at the museum along with the rest of Bayport High's Young Historians Club, so I have to admit that I felt a real sense of pride standing there in my militiaman uniform. Even Joe, who doesn't always share my more studious inclinations, had to admit that any event where you got to fire a real musket was pretty cool.
A reenactment battle marches into Bayport in this Hardy Boys adventure - a fresh approach to a classic series.
Bayport goes back in time when a Revolutionary War-era battleship is discovered, along with a treasure trove of historic artifacts. To celebrate, the town stages a reenactment of the historic Battle of Bayport, complete with antique artillery, canons, and tricorn hats. Even Frank and Joe Hardy are decked out in full Colonial costume, fighting over freedom and taxes on opposite sides of the battle line.
But things get a little too real when a stray shot leaves Bayport's biggest benefactor, Don Sterling, without a pulse. Wait a minute - weren't those muskets supposed to be unloaded? And even though the Hardy Boys have technically retired from solving mysteries, they can't help but get involved, especially when a favorite teacher turns out to be a prime suspect. Is someone trying to frame Mr. Lazin? And who would want Don Sterling dead? Murder by reenactment is one the Hardys haven't seen before, but don't think they're not up for the challenge!
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