Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Awareness Tour Saving Dr. Warren...A True Patriot


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Enter for a chance to win a copy of Saving Dr. Warren … “A True Patriot,” autographed by Jeffery McKenna!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy of Saving Dr. Warren … “A True Patriot,” autographed by Jeffery McKenna
  • An original 1700’s musket ball

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy of Saving Dr. Warren … “A True Patriot,” autographed by Jeffery McKenna

The giveaway begins December 10, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends January 10, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


Visit Jeffery J. McKenna's website for plenty of free educational resources that have been created specifically for Saving Dr. Warren... A True Patriot. You'll find lesson plans, an essay contest, as well as information about author visits. This historical-fiction novel has been used in several middle school classrooms as a resource for both History and English teachers—it is a great educational tool for parents, librarians, and teachers.


Saving Dr. Warren … A True Patriot

Written by Jeffery McKenna

Publisher’s Synopsis: Patriotism Prevailed in…

  ✯ The American Revolution

  ✯ WWII

  ✯ 9-11

What About Today?

How do we share Patriotism with America’s Future?

The novel Saving Dr. Warren… A True Patriot answers that question through the eyes of a 14 year old boy.

Steve O’Dell loves to write and does it well. But as an eighth-grade student at Needham Middle School, his talent sometimes seems more an embarrassment than a blessing.

Then, on Veterans Day 2001, Steve’s award-winning essay propels him into an adventure twisting through Revolutionary battles and bloodshed. Thanks to the bizarre bequest of a manuscript and a musket ball from a long-lost family war hero, Steve’s journey with the Revolutionary War hero Dr. Joseph Warren begins.

A time-traveling talisman missing from the archives of one of Boston’s oldest historical societies takes Steve through portals of history, where he walks side by side with a real Boston patriot. He makes house calls with Dr. Warren on March 5, 1770, and stumbles onto the bloodstained streets of the Boston Massacre. From the killings of March 5 to boarding tea ships in 1773, Steve’s history book explodes to life as he helps Dr. Warren and forges a friendship with Boston’s True Patriot. Steve watches Dr. Warren launch Paul Revere on his midnight ride, and he helps Dr. Warren dodge British musket balls in the first battles of the War for Independence. With each adventure, Steve tastes the light that ignites The Revolution.

Steve will eventually convince others that the Revolutionary relic he was given really does open portals through time, but he faces his most difficult quest alone—saving Dr. Warren from the onslaught at Bunker Hill. Can he do it? And if he fails, will he ever return to this century?

Saving Dr. Warren…A True Patriot rips through the pages of history. From the Revolutionary War to the vanishing veterans of World War II, to the ashes of September 11, 2001, Saving Dr. Warren demonstrates to both old and young that patriotism, standing like an old oak tree on a grandfather’s farm, has and will endure.

Ages 11-15 | 366 Pages | Publisher: Jeffery J. McKenna | ISBN-13: 978-0999901205


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mXKR1x


Jeff Mckenna resides in a peaceful Southern Utah town amidst the red rocks that make up National Parks like Zion and Arches. He loves mountain biking over the brightly colored sandstone that surrounds him, as well as new trails he finds when he goes on cross-country RV trips with his wife. Along with reading entertaining historical fiction novels, Jeff believes a great way to learn to love America is by exploring her beautiful landscape and visiting cities and states from sea to shining sea. 

Jeff’s love for his country is what has fostered his love for writing. Uncovering America’s history can be messy, but Jeff dives in with both hands to uncover what lies hidden in our nation’s past. He loves to reveal forgotten heroes and help them come alive for young Americans as they race through the pages of his historical fiction novel, Saving Dr. Warren… “A True Patriot.” 

Jeff would love to hear about the American heroes you’ve discovered as you’ve dived into history! 

For more information, visit https://www.jefferyjmckenna.com/


Imagine receiving a gift from a long-lost relative. But it isn’t a fabulous jewel or other expensive family heirloom. Instead, it is an illegible old document and a musket ball. Perhaps you would shrug and think that it was neat to have an historical artifact like a musket ball, or perhaps you would rather have anything else but something tied to dusty history. In the book, Saving Dr. Warren...A True Patriot, Steve O’Dell does his best to win an essay contest because he wants the $500 prize, not because of any particular interest in history or patriotism. But events after he wins cause him to feel ashamed of his disinterest. With the help of a T3 (time traveling talisman), Steve meets many of the leading figures of the American Revolution and experiences key moments alongside them. One of the strengths of the book is the way that various events in history are linked to each other and to more modern times. Days from the past such as the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, fighting on Okinawa during WWII, the Battle of Gettysburg, and 9/11 are woven into the backstory of various characters and help show that patriots have existed throughout American history and still do. Another strength is that while Steve is dealing with his historical adventures, he still has to cope with everyday life. There are discussions and arguments with his best friend Grace, teasing from his older brother, efforts by another student to break up his friendship, not to mention difficulty paying attention in class when tired from puzzling all night over these new events. Footnotes discuss details such as the Continental Congress and the East India Tea Company, as well as explaining which characters are actual historical figures and which are fictional but based upon real individuals. Back matter includes images and photos of some of these people, while others are included at the beginning of various sections of the book. Whether readers enjoy the book for the thrill of time travel, or because they have an interest in Revolutionary events such as the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill, it is an intriguing story and the sneak peek at the second book will leave them eager for more.


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