Mary Chilton was a very mature 13 year old in the group of Pilgrims and Strangers or Saints and Sinners when she sailed for America aboard the Mayflower in 1620. This book in the Daughters of the Faith Series, published by Moody Publishers, and written by Wendy Lawton is an excellent read for the tween-teen. It is intense, just the right length, and filled with facts. The story line is written true to history and yet entertaining and enthralling enough to capture the fleeting interest of the young reader.
The descriptions of the storm at sea, the cold, the illness, the filth aboard and the emotions of these dear souls who forged the path for the forming of a country where one could worship according to the dictates of one's heart are truly top quality.
"Almost Home" is a biographical novel about a real girl and a real situation. Conversations are, of course, fictional but the story is true to historical evidence and is one I would recommend for young readers at home, home schools, and Christian schools.
List of Mayflower passengers (characters in the book "Almost Home" are listed as real passengers)
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of "Almost Home" by Wendy Lawton from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. There was no requirement for a positive review.