Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

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by Ann Rinaldi
     
 

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Peggy Shippen is everything Becca is not--a beautiful, rich, and horribly spoiled Quaker daughter whose life revolves around the whirlwind society of Philadelphia in 1778. Becca's family has fallen on hard times, and she is sent to the Shippen household to be Peggy's personal maid and to receive a finishing education. But working for Peggy, Becca gets an education in… See more details below

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Peggy Shippen is everything Becca is not--a beautiful, rich, and horribly spoiled Quaker daughter whose life revolves around the whirlwind society of Philadelphia in 1778. Becca's family has fallen on hard times, and she is sent to the Shippen household to be Peggy's personal maid and to receive a finishing education. But working for Peggy, Becca gets an education in deceit and treachery, as Peggy sets her sights first on British Captain John Andre and then on American General Benedict Arnold.

As Becca fervently tries to find the "missing pieces" of herself, she watches in horror as Peggy Shippen manipulates General Benedict Arnold to turn traitor and join forces with the Crown against the revolutionary Americans.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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"This tale of treachery comes alive under [Rinaldi's] pen."--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152008796
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Great Episodes Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.92(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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