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When thirteen-year-old Rock helps his friend Liza run away from home, he wonders whether escaping from his own troubled family would be an act of patriotism ...
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When thirteen-year-old Rock helps his friend Liza run away from home, he wonders whether escaping from his own troubled family would be an act of patriotism or of treason.
Intelligent writing and thoughtfully drawn characters amplify the process of two boys wending their way through the complexities of family relationships that are often beyond the scope of their understanding. Rock, 13, is a history buff, an American Revolution aficionado who understands loyalty and conflict. Griffin cleverly draws parallels between the private family war of two sons rebelling against their regimented, fiercely controlling father, and the large-scale revolt of young colonies against the parent country. Rock's relationship with his brother Cliff is mostly intuitive, marked by petty jealousies and competitions as well as shining moments. As Cliff and Rock toy with the notion of escape, the suspense is exhausting; Rock's anguish is achingly realized, and the final outcome is no black- and-white happy ending, but a gray realm: They choose the temporary pain of breaking away in the half-uttered hope of finding a better life. It will make readers wince in discomfort, and long to know how it all turned out.
Posted October 26, 2007
Sons of Liberty This book will make you think about your family. This book is about a family that has two sons and a daughter. The boys' names are Cliff and Rock and the sister's is Brontie. Cliff and Rock have a friend, girl named Liza. The boys help her run away from her parents into a city. And then they, and their mom, escape from their dad. This is a good book. Why did Liza escape? I think she escaped because her real dad and real mom were in a divorce and her new dad was mean to her and the family. Or maybe she found her real dad in the city. The boys help her to escape because she said that she needed help to get into the city and that she has to meet somebody in the city. Cliff was the person that made the plan of going ,at four o'clock in the morning, to the city. When she got there nobody was there to answerer the door when they knocked. The reason Cliff, Rock, their mom, and Brontie left was because their dad was going crazy. Their dad always gave something called Interrupted Nights. Interrupted Nights are when their dad gives them work in the middle of the night. He also started to through away Brontie's dolls. This is a good book because it was really interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2004
Posted September 1, 2003
this book had some up times and down times but it was really good and it had lots of reference to the american revolution i would recomend this to any one that is a history buff.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2001
Rock Kindle and his family in the book Sons of Liberty by Adele Griffin live in Sheffield Connecticut and have to be ready for and put up with interrupted nights from their dad. Rock is a Revolutionary War fanatic and believes that he could withstand any combat; this helps him to ignore what is really going on in his family. When Rock and his brother Cliff help a friend to run away, Cliff starts to make him think twice about his own family¿s strength. Cliff and his father are really putting the pressure on Rock of being a family traitor and deserter, Both of which Rock desperately does not want to be. If this is true, why does he just want to get away from it all? I would recommend this book because it shows how tough family loyalty can be. It also really brings out how strong family love is. This book would be good for anybody to read. Janae C.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 3, 2001