cover image Take Command, Captain Farragut!

Take Command, Captain Farragut!

Peter Roop, Connie Roop. Atheneum Books, $16 (48pp) ISBN 978-0-689-83022-8

Kids Who Made History A pair of books chronicle young people's impact on history. The first, Take Command, Captain Farragut! by Peter Roop and Connie Roop, illus. by Michael McCurdy, presents the true story of 10-year-old David Glasgow Farragut, who ascended the ranks from midshipman to captain (at age 12) aboard a U.S. naval ship during the War of 1812. His rise unfolds through a series of fictional letters to his father; framed scratchboard illustrations depict the child's days at sea and eventual imprisonment by the British. (Apr.)