Flame-Colored Taffeta

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once they wade through some rather lengthy sentences, peppered with semi-colons, readers will enjoy this gentle tale of a girl who rescues a mysterious, wounded man. Twelve-year-old Damaris, who lives on a seaside Sussex farm, discovers a young man who has been shot in the leg. She and 13-year-old Peter hide the man, who calls himself Tom Wildgoose, in their secret meeting placea half-ruined cottage in the forest. At first Damaris thinks Tom is a smuggler, but later she learns he is carrying papers from Bonnie Prince Charlie in France to his London supporters. Tom is captured when he rescues Damaris and her pet fox from a pack of foxhounds. But Damaris gets Tom freed by enlisting the aid of village wisewoman Genty. Under the very noses of royal customs officers, Damaris and Peter get Tom off on the road to London. Years later, Damaris knows that Tom is alive and safe when he sends her, as a wedding present, what she has always desiredflame-colored taffeta to wear as a petticoat. It's a fitting and satisfying resolution to this historically based tale of intrigue. (10-14)
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Gr 6-8 Twelve-year-old Damaris and 13-year-old Peter literally stumble over a young man who had been shot during the night. How they rescue him and help him get safe passage out of the country is the plot of this historical adventure set in Sussex, England in the 1750s. As readers have come to expect, Sutcliff writes in a demanding, evocative style and conveys a strong sense of place. The characters are not complex, but are strong enough to carry this tale of nighttime intrigue in which courage and resourcefulness are rewarded years later with a special wedding gift of a flame-colored taffeta slip. The fast-moving plot makes this book accessible to a wide range of readers. Amy Kellman, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374323448
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/1/1986
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 10 years

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