Britfield and The Lost Crown
Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past the word BRITFIELD, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s royal mystery.
I always have anxiety when it comes to books geared towards the “awkward” stage. Kids that are beyond beginner chapter books, but too young for young adult novels. It’s a tricky stage to write for. But Britfield and The Lost Crown is a standout story. I’m an adult, and I loved the twists, turns, friendship, history, and mystery of this story. That is what makes a story timeless, it transcends age and touches your heart regardless of the content. My only complaint is that the next installment doesn’t come out till Fall 2020. I hope you give Britfield a chance, and gift it to the middle readers in your life or pick up a copy for yourself; you will not regret it or be able to put it down once you start.