“This book follows the adventures of a 19th Century renaissance man who suffers a blow to the head and wakes up in King Arthur's England. He uses his Yankee ingenuity and knowledge of science and technology to get the best of his rivals in Camelot while observing and attempting to improve the conditions of the poor.
I first read this book at age 13 during a family backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. I read it again during a month-long tour of Europe at age 15. Having the book with me while traveling abroad was like having a close friend in my carry-on bag.
This book is accessible to young readers simply because it's a great read. It would also be an excellent way to teach students about the 19th Century notion of what it means to me an American. Hank Morgan, aka Sir Boss, is the quintessential American of his time, smart, techologically savvy and social aware and compassionate. The book could be taught in connection with other texts of the Gilded Age.”