Tales of History & Adventure
G.A. Henty Short Stories Collection
Story: A terrific addition to your Henty audiobook collection! (The Plague Ship is my personal favorite story on this audiobook- with a wonderful female lead!) The collection contains narratives that continue the Henty tradition of heroes both brave and modest, but are quite unlike a typical Henty novel in that they are sometimes sentimental or melancholy. Henty was primarily known for his full-length novels for young people, but he regularly contributed short stories such as these to weekly boys’ magazines such as The Boys Own Paper and The Union Jack, and was editor of many publications as well.
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 likable 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 are the books the Youngs grew up on — enjoy!
~Hal & Melanie Young
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