If you are looking for a distinctive historical novel for this in between age group, you can find more important ones than this. But it has many things to recommend it. Elewyth Thane has a faculty for bringing places alive -- and she has done that for pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary Williamsburg. The story follows an established design, at times reminiscent of Janice Meredith and others of that ilk. There are twins, scarcely more than children at the start, who play an important part in the story of an English youth, stranded in Williamsburg, befriended by Washington, George Wythe and others, in spite of his initial Tory leanings. One feels the approaching storm of Revolution; one shares Julian's experiences in the southern campaigns. There is adventure -- not fast paced -- and romance and color.