The Secret of Sarah Revere

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The spunky daughter of Paul Revere tells the story of her father's rides and the intelligence network of the Patriot community.

Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.

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Overview

The spunky daughter of Paul Revere tells the story of her father's rides and the intelligence network of the Patriot community.

Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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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
Susan Dove Lempke
When a man comes to interview her father, Paul Revere, Sarah recalls the eventful past two years. Historically significant goings-on, such as the Boston Tea Party and her father's famous rides, intertwine with the personal, including Sarah's wondering whether her father's new wife is betraying him with another patriot. Sarah's growth into womanhood complicates matters even further. Rinaldi's depiction of daily life in Boston rings true (readers may think twice before drinking tea), and, for the most part, her dialogue remains free of anachronistic expressions. Her technique of framing the story within Sarah's recollections creates some initial confusion, but the swift pace and credible characters combined with impeccable research make the novel an involving and informative venture into history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780762268
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Great Episodes
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (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. Sarah realizes that her family is "all locked away from each other in our own house." What secrets did they keep from each other? Why? Are there times when it's best to have secrets?

2. Debby tells Sarah that being a grown-up is knowing yourself rather than letting others influence what you think. What do you think makes someone a grown-up?

3. Doctor Warren tells Rachel that the Sons of Liberty are thinking men, not violent men. Yet they end up fighting the British after all. Do you think violence is the inevitable outcome of making a stand?

4. Paul Revere decided to believe in Doctor Church's loyalty. Do you agree that trust is a key to a peaceful heart? Is it worth the risk of betrayal?

5. Why do you think Paul Revere won't reveal who fired the first shot at Lexington? What might have happened if he had told?

6. What matters most to you? The truth-or what people think?

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

    Posted October 30, 2008

    bestiest book ever!

    The Secret of Sarah Revere, written by Ann Rinaldi, is an attention grasping historical fiction novel.<BR/> 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.<BR/> The Secret if Sarah Revere is a novel set in an English colony, sometime around the 1800¿s. <BR/> 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. <BR/> 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. <BR/> 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. <BR/> 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    a must-read!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2008

    Has an ending that leaves you shocked

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    'A wanderfully crafted book, that holds the reader in its pages'

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    This book Rocks!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    An Amazing Historical Fiction Book!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    Not my Favorite Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    A GOOD BOOK

    THE BOOK WAS OK BUT IT WAS DEF. NOT THE AUTHOR'S BEST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    Wonderful

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2003

    i don't know what everone's thinking!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Exellent

    Ann Rinaldi's The Secret of Sarah Revere is absolutly fabulos. She really captures Sarah's feeling about her secret, friends and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Great Book

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    SARAH REVERE THE BEST BOOK EVER CREATED

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Interesting

    This book was very good. I wouldn't reccomend it though unless you like history because it has a lot of it. It was very well written though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    It needed to be a little bit more interesting

    I have never read one of Ann Rinaldi's books before and the only reason I did was for a report. I did not like the book at all. It did not hold your interest through the book. It needed to explain things for example, about the boston tea party, it just told you that it happened and did not go through it. I also wish that the book told you what Sarah's secret was. After all this book did teach me something. It taught me that you can't judge people by their first impression.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2001

    Boring

    I have read Rinaldi books before, but this one! It was long, tedius, and you were just waiting for SOMETHING interesting to happen. And then it did that whole flashback thing, reading practically the whole book to try to get back to the present time. I'm sorry, but I did not like this book. Oh, and the ending was very good either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2001

    ok

    ive read a few books by ann rinaldi and this was not her best work. it really has no point to it except for mentioning her father, paul revere, who is famous for is 'night ride' i dont really reccomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    good, but not great

    This was not one of Rinaldi's best works. However, its historical content was great; it gave you an interesting view into the revolutionary time period. The plot was a little thin and slow moving. This book is not for everyone, you have to enjoy history to apreciate it.

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