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The Secret of Sarah Revere
     

The Secret of Sarah Revere

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by Ann Rinaldi
 

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Thirteen-year-old Sarah Revere knows her father is a hero. But she also knows that Paul Revere guards a secret about the start of the Revolutionary War that he'll tell no one—not his new wife, not his best friend, not even his trusted daughter. It seems everyone in her family has secrets. Sarah's even got one of her own—and it's tearing her apart.

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Thirteen-year-old Sarah Revere knows her father is a hero. But she also knows that Paul Revere guards a secret about the start of the Revolutionary War that he'll tell no one—not his new wife, not his best friend, not even his trusted daughter. It seems everyone in her family has secrets. Sarah's even got one of her own—and it's tearing her apart.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A lively, exciting picture of Boston going to war . . . Excellent."—VOYA

"Beautifully crafted."—School Library Journal

The ALAN Review - Barbara G. Samuels
Although the term "unease in Boston" frequently characterizes that city's political turmoil prior to the American Revolution, it could also describe the personal conflicts of Sarah Revere, teenage daughter of Paul Revere. What was Sarah to think of her father's clandestine meetings? of Dr. Joseph Warren's strong bond with her new stepmother, Rachel? and of Rachel's apparent support for her father but obvious friendship with Lady Frankland and Margaret Gage? "What matters?" she asks her father, "The truth? Or what people think?" Little does Sarah know of truth: she is privy to only a piece of the picture both within her own household and throughout the city. From this limited window she judges others, imagining many "what ifs" rather than recognizing what is. While setting is fully realized, plot suffers. Sarah, the outsider, remains apart from the action - her personal turmoil is simply less gripping than the political conflict surrounding her.1995, Harcourt/Gulliver, 320 pp., Ages 12 up, $11.00. Reviewer: Betty Carter
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10Once again Rinaldi has given readers a young woman's perceptions of what has too often been the all-male story of American history and politics. Paul Revere comes to life through the eyes and voice of Sarah, his 13-year-old daughter. Through the girl's observations, her father emerges as a family man, a caring friend, and a loyal patriot. Dr. Joseph Warren, an often forgotten hero of the Revolution, is warmly portrayed, as is Rachel, Revere's second wife. As Sarah comes of age against the strife of the times, she weaves critical events of American history into the everyday details of her family's life, making the characters convincing as real people. She is interested in clothing, food, and her older sister's romantic liaison, and has her own reverential crush on the handsome Dr. Warren. Because her father's activities take their toll on the family, she is also keenly aware of political and military events and secrets. Her analyses of them are painful but beautifully crafted, giving readers a sense of and a sensitivity to this period of history. The brief bibliography offers evidence of Rinaldi's scholarship, and her note discusses the process whereby she validates available historical facts but goes beyond them to interpret and draw her own conclusions in composing historical fiction.Kay E. Vandergrift, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152046842
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/07/2003
Series:
Great Episodes Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
230,773
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"A lively, exciting picture of Boston going to war . . . Excellent."—VOYA

"Beautifully crafted."—School Library Journal

Meet the Author

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. She has received numerous starred reviews and awards, as well as widespread recognition for her historical novels. Ms. Rinaldi lives in central New Jersey.

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Secret of Sarah Revere 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Secret of Sarah Revere, written by Ann Rinaldi, is an attention grasping historical fiction novel.
Personally, I believe that The Secret of Sarah Revere was clearly thought out and well written. I feel this way because I could understand everything that Ann Rinaldi was trying to say. I could almost feel the character¿s pain through the book.
The Secret if Sarah Revere is a novel set in an English colony, sometime around the 1800¿s.
Throughout the book, the challenge of keeping secrets only becomes harder for Sarah Revere. For she knows a secret that, if told, could only cause death. Possibly even her father¿s death. But not only does Sarah have to keep secrets, but somehow she has to keep her family together at the same time.
Sarah tries her best to isolate herself from those around her so that the temptation of spilling her father¿s precious secret is less likely of happening. Sarah also offers to help in whatever way she can at home to keep her struggling family from falling apart. And not only must Sarah become oblivious to those around her, but she must also get a pass to leave her colony strictly for the safety of her family.
Because The Secret of Sarah Revere is set in the 1800¿s, Ann Rinaldi writes in old English. The story is told by Sarah Revere and it is in the first person point of view.
Anyone who can lose themselves in drama will absolutely love this book as much as I did. If you are someone who enjoys historical fiction novels, you will get trapped in the plot of this amazing book written by Ann Rinaldi.
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I read this book in seventh grade and absolutely loved it. I am now a junior in high school and still read this book from time to time because it is so good. The ending is truly heartbreaking and you can feel the pain that the characters feel. This is a great perception of the colonial times and a very bittersweet story.
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I really enjoyed this book because I found it intersting even though I don't usually enjoy historical fiction. (Of the books listed below, the historical fictions included made me want to read more historical fictions, too.) The only thing I didn't like about this book is that there were a few points that seemed rather boring, where I wanted something major to happen. Otherwise, this is a great book that really makes you care about the characters a lot. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am a fourteen year old girl, and I recommend this book for any girl who likes romance. It is about her family too, but in this book, the main character Sarah, spends a lot of time deciding how she feels about an older man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book is about the troubles and secrets in the revere household. Paul Revere 'father' is a rider and a whig, who rides to town to town to get them to back him up if the king send men. Rachel Revere 'step-mother' is a young girl who merrys paul and puts his family back together, well partly. the family has 2 sides sarah and rachel on one side and grandmother and debby on the other. the kids go back and fourth in which ever one will benifit them the most. Sarah is well at the most in love with Doc. Warren the family docter.her and them have a shaky relationship as freinds. Warren seen Sarah as only a little girl, but she sees herself as more. at the end the reveres leave boston and go to where father is someowhere in concord. whilst mayhap british soldiers run boston and eat all the food Paul 'sun' stayes behind to take care of fathers shop and there beloved home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book, The Secret Of Sarah Revere by Ann Rinaldi, deserves 4 stars. Ann Rinaldi does an amazing job of taking you back in time to the Pre-Revolutionary period. You can almost feel like you are actually there! Her details really allow you to sense the tension heating up in Boston during that time. Sarah, daughter of Paul Revere, is one of those many young teenage girls trying to find their place in this upcoming war. Sarah can really feel the pressure. With her father always gone on his 'famous' rides, Sarah is the one trying to hold up her family. With the ongoing disputes within her family, the coming of a new mother and a personal problem with someone who has always been dear to her, Sarah has a lot of big decisions to make. Ann Rinaldi does an excellent job of keeping the story moving and making you not want to drop it for even a second! The only thing that I did not like about this book was the ending. It was somewhat dull and nothing like how I had expected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book rock if u said that this book was boring or stupid then u have problems! this book is one of my favorites and Ann Rinaldi is the best author ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am usually very into American Revolution themed books. But not this one it didn't have a plot. I kept reading trying to get into it, but i couldn't. The title sounded interesting but it was not as good as it sounded. I stop reading it because it was kind of boring. If you want to read a good book about the American Revolution then try: Just Jane by William Lavendar. Now that was a good book. Even though the charaters use the D word a lot. Another good historican fiction is Midnight Rider by Joan Hiatt Harlow, and Wendell Minor. Another book that talks about Paul Revere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK WAS OK BUT IT WAS DEF. NOT THE AUTHOR'S BEST.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Secret of Sarah Revere was excellent. I couldn't put it down. Even though the ending was sad, I loved how she learned her lesson the hard way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rinaldi's The Secret of Sarah Revere is absolutly fabulos. She really captures Sarah's feeling about her secret, friends and family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i see some people have said the book wuz boring...HOW???!!! Living in her life was great. There was SO MUCH great info on the revolutionary times and her thoughts and secrets were extravagant!!! I couldn't put the book down and read it practically straight through. It was creative and original!! I loved how she put the history into Sarah's life and how it all lined up. MARVELOUS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book! Ann Rinaldi is a wonderful author and you feel very in touch with Sarah and her family. I have always loved the Revolutionary times, but this book made me love it even more. I gave it four stars simply because I wouldn't count it among 'the best books I have ever read' category, but it is a great read and I highly reccommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THINK THIS BOOK WAS SO GREAT I FELT TERRIBLE WHEN DR.WARREN DIED. SARAH WAS LIKE A SPY SHE WOULD FILE UP ON PEOPLE. I HOPE SHE FOUND SOMEONE FOR HER BECAUSE SHE SOUNDED PREETY JEALOUS BECAUSE DEBBY HAD A BOYFRIEND.