Knox Press

The Drum of Destiny: Gabriel Cooper & the Road to Revolution


A discarded drum and a dream, at the dawn of the American Revolution. Twelve-year-old orphan, Gabriel Cooper, dodges Tories, overcomes sickness and the perils of a patriot, as he journeys from New York to Boston along the Post Road, to join the fight for freedom. Accessible and exciting, The Drum of Destiny is Johnny Tremain meets Horatio Hornblower for a new generation.

The year is 1775, and twelve-year-old Gabriel Cooper is an orphaned patriot stuck living in a house of British loyalists. But when the boy discovers a discarded drum in the East River, he sees it as a call to leave his home in New York and join the American colonists’ fight for freedom in Boston. With rich, historic details, Gabriel’s adventure will captivate readers as they join him on the difficult journey to his destiny.