Tales of History & Adventure
A Final Reckoning
Setting: 1830s – England, Australia
Story: Australia in the 1830’s was a wild place. Reuben Whitney, escaping an inaccurate perception of him in England, enjoys an adventurous passage onboard the Paramatta, and sails ‘down under.’ Joining the police force, he makes his mark in conflicts with the Aborigines and Bushrangers. Finally he saves the life of a squire’s daughter who has emigrated to Australia following her fathers financial ruin. This story is filled with adventure, close calls, and historical information about the early days of Australia!
When people ask us for recommendations for good books for boys, our first thought is usually G.A. Henty. Why? His heroes are fantastic role models of the manly virtues, yet likeable and adventurous and every bit of the history you learn is real. Henty was an Army officer, war correspondent, a historian who began telling these stories to his own children. He was known for writing with stacks of primary source documents surrounding him and you’ll be hard pressed to find a historical error of any kind. And they are just plain fun!
Written in the late 1900s, the language can be a bit challenging for some boys (but it’s so good for them), so we recommend audiobooks! Our friend Jim Hodges does a wonderful unabridged version (you don’t want to miss a word!) and we are delighted to sell them!
These audiobooks are recorded on mp3 CDs so you only need one and not ten or twelve for one book, but you’ll need to play them on an mp3 CD player (can be bought cheaply at any discount store), your laptop, a DVD player or your computer. Our old van has a cassette deck, so we use a tape adapter and plug it into a laptop or CD player’s headphone jack.
These are the books the Young boys grew up on — enjoy!
~Hal & Melanie Young