What is it like to be 13, trapped inside a fort, and surrounded by a superior enemy? Pedro has been told he is too young to fight. But he has skill and a unique knowledge of the land on his side. When the English attack the Castillo de San Marcos fort in the Spanish stronghold of St. Augustine in 1702, he and his friend Miguel are thrown into an adventure of a lifetime. Woods crawling with the enemy, a naval blockade, an escaped pirate with detailed knowledge of the fort, and critically low ammunition are just a few of the challenges ahead. They realize they must sneak behind enemy lines to help or the town will certainly perish.
Robyn Gioia teaches full-time and has been active in children's literature since joining an eclectic group of writers during a three-year stay in England. She is a former board member of the Florida Writers Association and has been a judge for several national contests. She reviews children's books for the School Library Journal and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her middle-grade novel, Rinny and the Trail of Clues (under the name Robyn Leslie), has won several awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Children's Voice.