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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend by Jacob Paul Patchen is a story that rallies your spirit and lifts your soul as the children left to defend our great country step forward to fight. James is just twelve, but he has the makings of a leader as he tells his story to the orphans he oversees. His older sister, Emily, encourages him when he is doubtful and scared. There comes a point when their scrimmages are not enough. James has to put what his dad had taught him to a greater test or die trying. The children's and the remnants of the adults' lives have been smoldering in the ashes, but with just a breath of faith and courage, James ignites the flame of resistance that is felt across the oceans. James has found it hard to win battles without behaving like the same evil that has destroyed his country; can he and the other Risers do it?
I found Jacob Paul Patchen to be a gifted author. Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend starts out with James telling his story of The Day when America fell to an unknown enemy. James’s story is fascinating, but the plot quickly divides up as we hear about his survival alone and what it took for him to endure the hardships, then as a leader of a bunch of orphans. The author places you right along with James’s followers and you feel the love for your nation and the pride in becoming a legend that so few young folks would understand. This well-written novel has the suspense and action of a thriller, yet it leaves you hopeful when our children are put to the test.