A Ride into Morning: The Story of Tempe Wick

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The Revolutionary War is raging. Food and firewood are scarce, and Tempe Wick is worried that she will not be able to care for her ailing mother and her family and still maintain the farm. Her ability to hold on to her world is threatened when a mutinous soldier demands that she lend him her beloved horse in exchange for keeping her brother’s rum-smuggling activities secret from the authorities. This dramatic historical novel is based on a real...

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Overview

The Revolutionary War is raging. Food and firewood are scarce, and Tempe Wick is worried that she will not be able to care for her ailing mother and her family and still maintain the farm. Her ability to hold on to her world is threatened when a mutinous soldier demands that she lend him her beloved horse in exchange for keeping her brother’s rum-smuggling activities secret from the authorities. This dramatic historical novel is based on a real event that has been popularized into American legend.

When unrest spreads at the Revolutionary War camp in Morristown, New Jersey, under the command of General Anthony Wayne, a young woman cleverly hides her horse from the mutinous soldiers who have need of it.

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This is an exciting, adventurous story about Tempe Wick, a true historical figure, as told through the eyes of her young fourteen-year-old cousin, Mary Cooper. Mary's family sends her to live with Tempe's family during the Revolutionary War, because her patriotic leanings provoke her Tory family. In the middle of the war, this story recounts Tempe's great love of her horse, Colonial, who remains the only thing Tempe has that reminds her of her dead father. The war and her father's death have made Tempe outwardly hard, independent and bitter. However, she puts up this independent attitude in order to survive the awful circumstances. During this time of war, many people are sick, and food is scarce. Also, people talk of mutiny in the camps, and during a strange twist of events, Mary and Tempe find themselves in the middle of a possible mutiny. Tempe, however, has been deceived, and she almost unwittingly allows her good name to be associated with mutiny. In the end, we see that Tempe is not the insensitive, spoiled person she appears to be; she has put on those facades to deal with the war and her father's absence in her life. This entertaining and historically accurate book portrays the horrors of war. Mary's analysis of human nature and her ability to understand the war's impact on those around her offer a thought-provoking statement about the importance of maintaining peace and being true to oneself regardless of the circumstance. 2004, St Martin's Griffin, Ages 10 to 14.
—Kara E. Nichols
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152006730
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/18/1995
  • Series: Great Episodes Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 0.87 (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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Reading Group Guide

1. Civil wars divide families. How has it divided the families in this story?

2. Abraham tells Mary that compromise is a necessary commodity, but not all the characters agree. How do Mary, Tempe, and General Wayne feel about compromise? How do you feel about it? When should you compromise, and when should you stand firm?

3. What does Mary mean when she says that everyone is part and parcel of the whole of their life experiences? In what ways have your life experiences determined who you are now?

4. Mary tells Henry, "Sometimes it helps to air old ills in the sunlight." What does she mean?

5. Tempe believes that a person's motives do not matter as much as their actions. Do you think one is more important than the other? Why?

6. In what ways might Henry's living as a lunatic make his life easier? Harder?

7. Abraham advises Mary that "those closest to the problem cannot see the solution." Do you think this is true? Who can you turn to when you have a problem?

8. In his letter to Mary, Abraham says, "I choose to look at the past fondly and to the future with hope." Why might he choose to see things this way? How should he handle his unhappy memories?

Copyright (c) 2003. Published in the U.S. by Harcourt, Inc.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Beautifully Written!

    Putting this book down was impossible. Rinaldi uses great descriptions and she draws the characters so well. Her research of the mysterious Tempe Wick was amazing and seeing her point of view from someone else was brilliant. I recommend this to anyone who has ever had a dream.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    Imagine yourself in the Revolutionary War

    Mary Cooper is a cousin of Tempe Wick who lives on a farm in New Jersey. Mary moves in with Tempe¿s family during the Revolutionary War. Tempe is older than Mary and seems to not like Mary but Mary really tries to get along with her. This book is mainly about the life in the winter of 1781. Soldiers are living on the Wick¿s farm and many happy and unhappy events are going on all at once. The book starts out with a great opening; it gets you right into the time period. The images were so descriptive like ¿In my blue ¿and-white striped harvestsack, I had two chicken legs rapped in napkins, this morning¿s bread generously spread with freshly churned butter, and two large pieces of gingerbread.¿ From the beginning, you can tell that there will be a conflict between Tempe and Mary. I think they just don¿t understand each other. Tempe has the most responsibility of the house because her mother is old and almost depressed due to the death of her husband. Tempe is the only child left of her brothers and sisters. One of her brothers, Henry, had left the house and was never accepted into the family again. For a long period of time he was living in the barn with the animals. He slept where they stored the hay. Will Henry ever be accepted? In order to attempt to understand this story I made connections to myself. In fourth grade we took a trip to Morristown to visit Tempe Wick¿s house and the Ford Mansion. Looking back at this trip, I tried to connect the descriptions in this book to what I saw on the field trip. At one point in this book, Mary takes a ride to the Ford Mansion to drop off a letter to send to her brother. The images become more vivid as I look back on that field trip. This book was confusing and at some points just flat out boring I still had to find a strategy to help me understand this book a little bit better than if I just read it with no strategy. A good strategy I found was to try and put myself in the character¿s shoes. In certain points of the book, if I closed my eyes after reading a passage I could just imagine what the life was like. Also, if I asked questions I could look back and see if what I was wondering was answered. If I didn¿t use strategies while reading this book, it would have been like I was reading just words and I would not have gotten it at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    Really Good Book

    The store of Tempe and her cousin is riviting. It is a really good book and i recommend it to anyone who likes reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    Great book!

    This book is great! I never heard of a Tempe Wick or her story until a friend gave me this book. Ann Rinaldi is great at writing historical fiction. All her books tell more then just history. All girls should read this book; I think you'll find it interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2002

    I loved it!

    I have to say, i loved this book!!!!!! I was waiting to see what happens at the end of every page. It was fun reading this book, and, for those who might be turned off because of the whole history thing, Read it. It's so much more than history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    A face on history

    I found This book was swiftly written. It had many iteresting dynamics. When most people think of history the common thought is of a text book shoved down your throat by a theacher. After reading rinaldi's work you will insted think of people. Ordinary people like Tempe and mary. It also portrays an unusual angle of the revalution. Although its not her best book, it shows how one persons actions can change the lives of others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2000

    HISTORY

    I never even knew there was a 'Tempe Wick' until I read this book. So, this book teaches you as well as entertain you, just like her other books. Merry Christmas everyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2000

    OUTSTANDING!

    This book was great. It had a great plot, well developed characters, and it wasn't a thrill a minute book, but it was very involved and interesting. I really suggest reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    I really like this book

    At first I thought it was very boring but then it got much better in the middle. I felt very emotional when reading the book. I never knew I would be into historic book but I guess there is a beginning for everything.

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