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An independent-minded young maid tells the story of social-climber Peggy Shippen and how she influenced Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the Patriot forces.

In 1778 fourteen-year-old Becca takes a position as personal maid to Peggy Shippen, the daughter of wealthy Philadelphia Quakers, and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the revolutionary American forces.

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Overview

An independent-minded young maid tells the story of social-climber Peggy Shippen and how she influenced Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the Patriot forces.

In 1778 fourteen-year-old Becca takes a position as personal maid to Peggy Shippen, the daughter of wealthy Philadelphia Quakers, and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the revolutionary American forces.

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Becca Syng's mother believes her daughter will 'pick up' the pieces of her education by working as a personal maid to Peggy Shippen. Set in Philadelphia in 1778, Becca learns more than she bargained for. Soon she is disenchanted with the excesses and frivolousness of Peggy and her friends while the soldiers at Valley Forge are starving, amongst them Becca's brother. The complex issues of the day unfold in this fascinating look at the relationship of Peggy and Benedict Arnold. Patriotism, treachery, deceit and moral integrity provide readers food for thought while this historic period springs to life.
Janice Del Negro
In 1778, 14-year-old Becca Synge goes to work as the personal maid for spoiled society beauty Peggy Shippen. The British 20are occupying Philadelphia, and the self-absorbed Peggy is seen most often on the arm of dashing Captain Andre. By the time the British 20decamp, Peggy's father is on the brink of ruin. It's then Peggy meets the 20notorious General Benedict Arnold, and the rest is history. According to Becca, who narrates the story, it was Peggy Shippen Arnold 20who was responsible for her husband's betrayal of the American 20Revolutionary cause. The historical context is sometimes too obvious, and the word "nigra," though a historically legitimate term, eventually becomes distracting. But Rinaldi's evocation of the rip-roaring life and devil-be-damned personality of Peggy Shippen, which forms the real core of the story, makes you want to find out more about the people and the history--and that's certainly one of the goals of good historical fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780753440
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: Great Episodes
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey.

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