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The second page-turning installment of award-winning historical-fiction author Ann Rinaldi's QUILT TRILOGY. "A definite plus for any historical fiction collection." - VOYA

When her mother died, she told 14-year-old Walking Breeze to seek out her family-the Chelmsfords of Salem. She will find solace there.
But Ebie Chelmsford has other ideas. Ebie knows that her half-Shawnee "cousin" will take her place as ...

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Overview

The second page-turning installment of award-winning historical-fiction author Ann Rinaldi's QUILT TRILOGY. "A definite plus for any historical fiction collection." - VOYA

When her mother died, she told 14-year-old Walking Breeze to seek out her family-the Chelmsfords of Salem. She will find solace there.
But Ebie Chelmsford has other ideas. Ebie knows that her half-Shawnee "cousin" will take her place as grandfather's favorite. And Ebie will do anything to stop that--even trying to prove that the girl is an imposter...
Ebie thinks Walking Breeze is destroying the home Aunt Hannah has fought to keep together. But it's Ebie's actions, ultimately, that risk tearing apart the Chelmsford family, like the tattered threads of the family quilt.

In 1811, life with her Aunt Hannah in Salem, Massachusetts, becomes even more difficult for fourteen-year-old Ebie with the arrival of a half-Indian girl who claims to be the daughter of Hannah's sister, Thankful, and with the threat of impending war.

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The ALAN Review - Barbara G. Samuels
Rinaldi continues the saga of the dysfunctional Chelmsford family twenty years later in this second book in The Quilt Trilogy following A Stitch in Time! This story is set against the development of New England cotton mills, Salem's shipping and trading, and the War of 1812. When Walking Breeze, a fourteen-year-old half-Shawnee girl, is traded to the white people, her dying white mother, Thankful, directs her to the mother's family, the Chelmsfords. Ebie, jealous of the intrusion on her position as the only grandchild in Salem, hides the portion of the family quilt that Walking Breeze brings to prove her identity. The clash of New England and Indian cultures, well researched by Rinaldi, is made worse by the tensions of the War of 1812. Although the tattered quilt symbolism and parallel stories seem heavy-handed, adolescent girls will be drawn, as I was, to the characters, romance, and history.
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Gr 6 Up-Set in Massachusetts in the turbulent days prior to the War of 1812, this sequel to A Stitch in Time (Scholastic, 1994) revolves around Walking Breeze, the half-Shawnee daughter of Thankful Chelmsford. When her mother dies, the 14-year-old girl finds a home with her relations in Salem, a starchy New England community that bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Shawnee village in which she grew up. Walking Breeze and the Chelmsfords not only deal with a clash of cultures, but also with Cousin Ebie's accusation that the newcomer is not Thankful's daughter. After many interruptions for Indian uprisings, battles on the high seas, and sundry domestic crises, she is vindicated. The characterization of Walking Breeze is credible in so far as it depicts the struggle of a Native American caught between two worlds; however, her dialogue is less than convincing, alternating between standard English and Tonto-like utterances. The portrait of Ebie as an insecure and jealous teen rings true. Although the plot is too busy for much depth, it will appeal to readers who prefer action to reflection. Rinaldi provides an accurate historical backdrop as she did in A Break with Charity (Harcourt, 1992), but this story lacks the substance and intensity of that fine novel.-Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590460545
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Quilt Trilogy Series, #2
  • Pages: 273
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    Broken Days

    Ann describes Ebie's life so realistically that you feel as though you are one of the characters living along side her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2003

    Broken Days

    In school we always learned about leading up to and the Salem Witch Trials. Never about what happened after. This book gives avery detailed story about life in Salem after the Trials. Ebie's story could happen to anyone, and through Rinaldi's writing you feel as if its happening to you. I felt as if I was Ebie in the story, watching all this happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2001

    THE BEST BOOK`

    This is the best book!! I give it five stars!! It tells the tale of Ebie and her life in Salem, MA. Her life is so complicated and yet so simple. It is a well written historical fiction book. I totally enjoyed reading it and you will

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    excellent

    this is an amazing sequel to the first one. it has such a good plot line that you're involved in the story. ebie tells how she grows up and learns the importance of honesty and truth which i think jemmy, richard, and ben had a lot to do with. this is an amazing book and i totally recomend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    A great way to learn about the past, with the touching story of the Chelmsfords

    This book was wonderful and everyone should read it!! It has so much suspense and clues, foreshadowing, and she really makes you feel the characters mood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    Ann Rinaldi's Awesome Book

    The book is AWESOME

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