Masterfully crafted by David Potter, ‘The Left Behinds: The iPhone that Saved George Washington’ weaves adventure, time travel, U.S. History and even the Founding Fathers into an adventure all kicked off by the malfunctioning of a child’s iPhone. From George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware to the Battle of Gettysburg, this new middle grade book series offers children a fantastical yet highly-educational journey through the nation’s most pivotal moments. Push the “stop” button – the iPhone really is changing the course of history!
Pennington, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/21/2015 -- While most writers use their first novels to do nothing but simply test the literary waters, David Potter is proving that a debut release can quite literally change the course of history – all thanks to one child's faulty iPhone.
'The Left Behinds: The iPhone that Saved George Washington' is about as unique as a children's book comes. The educational and uplifting narrative is a cocktail of high-energy adventure and a direct reimagining of some of U.S. history's most pivotal moments. Things don't get this exciting at school…
On Christmas Day, Mel finds General George Washington lying dead as a doornail in a stable. But Mel knows that George Washington must cross the Delaware River, or the course of American history will be changed forever.
Could Mel's iPhone have sent him back in time to 1776? And can Mel and his schoolmates, know-it-all Bev and laid-back Brandon, come to the rescue? Perhaps, with a little help from two colonial kids and Benjamin Franklin himself.
Debut novelist David Potter cleverly combines time travel, humor, and American history in this fast-paced adventure. For American Revolution enthusiasts, there's information about historical reenactments, additional reading, and websites.
"This really is a book for everyone; written to educate and inspire today's young readers, but also highly-engaging for adults who revel in American history," explains Potter, who grew up near Washington's 1777 winter headquarters in northern New Jersey. "This adventure series re-imagines many pivotal points in our nation's history, takes an alternative look at our Founding Fathers and pits everything against a faulty iPhone that could have changed it all."
Continuing, "The middle graders reading it will be running the country in a few short years, so it can't hurt them to learn about how we got here – even if this version of events is slightly off the wall! The good news is that it is just the first volume of an upcoming series, so plenty more adventures are waiting."
Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews. School Library Journal called "The Left Behinds…a skillful blend of humor, history, mystery, and adventure."
Kirkus Reviews stated that the "first-person narrative is engaging, the plot is fast-paced, and plenty of history is woven into the tale."
The Louisiana Book News said "Potter's first book…will entertain readers…all the while teaching readers a lot about history…Potter delivers beautifully."
The Mom Read It Book Blog said "The book looks like it's the first in a promising new series, with likable characters, a rogue iPhone app, Benjamin Franklin (who makes anything in which he appears even better) and a mysterious nemesis. There's solid history here: the author did his research and his love for American history is clear here. This would be a great book to have students read alongside a unit on American history."
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About David Potter
David Potter developed a love for American history as a boy growing up near Morristown, New Jersey, where George Washington spent the winters of 1777 and 1779. He was inspired to write The Left Behinds while taking his children to the annual Christmas reenactment of Washington's Crossing the Delaware. He lives in Pennington, New Jersey, with his wife and two sons.