Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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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"This tale of treachery comes alive under [Rinaldi's] pen."—Kirkus 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152050795
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Great Episodes Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 709,783
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 1.01 (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. Visit her online at www.annrinaldi.com .

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

    Self-Righteous and Ripe with Errors

    This book was a huge disappointment. For someone who avidly studies Andre, Shippen, and Arnold (who are real historical figures, not products of Rinaldi's fantasy), I was livid as I read her two-dimensional depictions of these people. No, Andre was NOT a molesting womanizer (that part really set me off). Peggy, albeit pampered, did not throw destructive tantrums. Arnold was known for having a temper, but Rinaldi conveniently glanced over the events in his life at the time that caused him to be so angry. Becca's own "character development" is supported and driven on by these distortions; in reality, her personality is nothing special and goes absolutely nowhere. In addition, their are plenty of other plot holes and historical errors that make up this overly-glorified fiction (more than I'm willing to write about in a review box).

    Regardless, I understand that some people enjoy Finishing Becca. All history aside, it is a story made to fuel young teen fantasies. However, readers should go a step further and actually research the historical figures. Rinaldi's shoddy representations of history are nothing to go off of.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    hmmm....

    i think the other works that ann rinaldi has done are much better. i never even finished one chapter. i honestly dont recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

    I have read 3 of Rinaldi's books and I have found every one of them wonderful, suspenseful, interesting, and real. Her characters are magnificent and the stories as well. I will continue reading all of the books she has written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Finishing Becca is ama-za-zing!!!!

    this book is soooo good.
    i read it and i wanted to keep re-reading
    i definately recommend this book.
    it gets very interesting too :)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    When young Becca goes to work for the Shippens, will she make it out alive?

    Fourteen year old Becca Syng is shocked when her mother tells her she will be going to work for Peggy Shippen, the prettiest girl in town. She is also shocked when she discovers how unseemingly rude and demanding Peggy is, especially to her father. Peggy¿s sister, Elizabeth, starts asking Becca to do things for her things that could put her and her family¿s lives in danger. Becca agrees, after Elizabeth tells her that Becca¿s stepfather, Papa Henry Job, is a double spy so Becca¿s life is already in danger anyway. When a young man named Benedict Arnold comes into Peggy¿s life, Becca already knows that there will be more secrets and lies to come. When Benedict threatens to kill Becca and her family if she tells a singles soul his big secret, will they make it out alive? I thought the book was okay, but it¿s not something I¿d pick up again to read in my free time. I liked how you could see every side of Peggy (flirtatious, obnoxious, demanding, and scheming). It really brought out her true colors. However, I thought the alignment of the story was poorly executed. In one part of the story, there was a ball called Meschianza. While I was reading, I thought it had already occurred. It confused me though, because it turned out that Meschianza didn¿t even occur until two chapters later. I also don¿t like the fact that I lost interest in the book. It disappointed me. I¿m not a big history buff, so this book didn¿t really hold my interest. If you are really into history, historical fiction, or the American Revolution, though, this book is more for you. It¿s partially true, as are a few of its characters, such as Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold. If you choose not to read it, that¿s fine. But just remember, you¿ll never know whether Becca and her family make it out or not. Now, why would you want to do that? So then, find out, in Finishing Becca.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2007

    AR fan

    I actually found other of Ann Rinaldi's books to be better. I read through some of the book but stopped because it didn't catch my interest. Maybe I'll try reading it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2005

    An Amazing Historical Fiction Story

    Finishing Becca is an awesome historical fiction novel for teenage girls and adults, and especially for Ann Rinaldi fans. Becca is a farmgirl who has lived at her family farm in Pennsylvania for fourteen years. Finally, her mother, a dressmaker, takes her to the Shippen household. She is Peggy Shippen's, an extremely spoiled and nasty girl, personal maid, and to be finished, she has to endure whatever matters go on in their house. Benedict Arnold gets involved in Peggy's life, and will soon become a big part of Becca's also! Lies, deceit, traitors, and spies, this story will leave you wanting more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    A Good Read

    I liked this book and it was very well written. Ann Rinaldi did a great job in describing the life back then and all of Becca's trouble's. I thought it could have been more catching at moments but other than that i would totally read it again :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    History Comes To Life

    I own 11 Ann Rinaldi books--and counting. 'Finishing Becca' is Ann Rinaldi at her best. I stayed up until 2:00 AM on a school night reading this book--if that doesn't prove this book is good, what will? Becca is a very strong character, and it makes you really think about life as you see Becca go through the struggles and hardships of her tangled web of a life.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    Great Book

    You really do find your own missing pieces as she starts to find hers. It's an excellent book. It was one of my favorite book last year in the 6th grade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2002

    A must read

    This book made me think about my own missing pieces. As a book my 7th grade class had to read for our english class, i would definately read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    You Must Read This

    You find your missing pieces while Becca is findind hers.You never expect the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2001

    #1 fan of ann rinaldi

    I have read this book 5 times and I still love it! By far this is the best book she has yet written. I wish she kept writing about Becca and Persifor after they got married. We need a sequel Ann!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2001

    This is a book you will not be able to put down.

    A definite must read. Finishing Becca is wonderful story and one of Ann Rinaldi's best. So much information and so many details it seemed like I was right there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2001

    cant put it down

    this book is so awesome i havent even finished it yet but i cant even put it down i love ann rinaldi's book they're almost always good!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2001

    One Of The Best Books You Will Ever Read!

    Finishing Becca was one of the most interesting books I have ever read. Right after I finished reading the book I got online to buy it. Ann Rinaldi is one of the best writers ever. The way she made Becca and Peggy seem right in front of you was amazing. One hundred years from now people will say the same thing. You definatly have to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2000

    An awesome book, very good for anytime!

    I read the book for a school reading thing and it provided me with the information and concise plot and characters that i needed to write my response essay. I enjoyed the book alot. My favorite characters are Becca, Elizabeth, and of course Persifor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    Finishing Becca: Exelent Book

    Finishing Becca was an excelent book. I loved it a lot! It was AMAZING!!! I love how Ann Rinaldi writes this story she brings the characters to life! It's a lovely stroy of how a girl gets finished in a house that is being torn apart over weather they are LOALYIST or not. Peggy Shippen meets Benidict Arnold(the traitor) and changes is mind about the Patirots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

    Wonderful, a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

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