Time Enough for Drums

Time Enough for Drums

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by Ann Rinaldi
     
 

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Sixteen-year-old Jem struggles to maintain the status quo at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence.

There are signs of rebellion in the Emerson household several years before the actual American Revolution hits in 1776! Brought up in a relatively liberal household, Jemima Emerson is quite a challenge for her tutor, John

Overview

Sixteen-year-old Jem struggles to maintain the status quo at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence.

There are signs of rebellion in the Emerson household several years before the actual American Revolution hits in 1776! Brought up in a relatively liberal household, Jemima Emerson is quite a challenge for her tutor, John Reid, who is known as a Tory with strong ties to England. How could Jem's parents be friends with a man who opposes American freedom? Jem longs for freedom on every level, in the home and her homeland--and John represents the forces that restrict her.

Jem and her family soon find themselves fighting for freedom in whatever ways they can in the Revolutionary War. Before long, Jem discovers that there is much more to Mr. Reid than she ever imagined. Her feelings about him change when Jem realizes that John shares her love of freedom--and will risk his life to defend it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in Trenton, N.J. during the American Revolution, this well-plotted historical romance has been written with an excellent feel for the period. Jemima (Jem) Emerson, 15, is constantly at loggerheads with her handsome, strict, Tory tutor, John Reid. In a town of divided loyalties, the Emersons are avid patriots. During the war, they endure death, privation, Hessians and Redcoats. Jem grows up and falls in love with Reid, who is not quite the stuffy Royalist he appears. The Emersons are an intelligent, loving and likable family. But as Jem's childish feistiness mellows into womanly demureness, it almost seems as if Reid has tutored her solely to prepare her to be a good wife for him. Readers will find their romance involving, but may wish that Jem had a bit more substance. (12up)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9 Jemima Emerson witnesses the events of the Revolutionary War as they affect her family and home town of Trenton, N.J. She is a fiesty young lady whose family represents the differing positions of the colonies' fight for independence. Her older sister is married to a British officer, her paternal grandfather works for Indian justice and the cause of independence, her maternal grandfather is a Tory, her older brother an officer in Washington's army, and her mother writes pseudonymous patriotic letters to the newspaper. Jemima is tutored by John Reid, a supposed Tory who is really a spy for Washington, with whom she clashes as he tries to make her a proper young lady. Gradually her feelings for Reid change from animosity to love. The book is a good introduction to the causes and effects of the war but does not have the ring of veracity as does My Brother Sam Is Dead (Scholastic, 1985) by James and Christopher Collier. Problems arise with the use of first person in providing Jemima with information to report to readers. Lucy the house slave knows that the Hessian grenadiers had killed more American soldiers than any other Hessian unit on American soil. How Lucy became privy to this evaluation is not explained. Another issue that does not sit well is Reid's manipulation of Jemima. This might have been standard treatment for the period or an element borrowed from paperback historical romances, but it lessons the appeal of Jemima as the heroine of the story. Twentieth Century prejudice aside, readers will share the events of the war and be rewarded with a better understanding of the War for Independence. Therese Bigelow, Hampton Public Library, Va.
From the Publisher
"A stirring book which brings history to life accurately. Rinaldi's enthusiasm for the subject is catching."—Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816712694
Publisher:
Troll Communications L.L.C.
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Rinaldi is the popular author of the acclaimed historical novel The Last Silk Dress (Laurel-Leaf).

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Time Enough for Drums 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
hockey22 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is one of Ann Rinaldi's best and it never failed to keep me turning pages. I finished it in a day because of that. I recommend it to all my friends even if they don't like historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so romantic i loooooovvvvvvveeeeee it sooooo muchhhh
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I would like to begin by commenting that the plot to this book was excellent. The American Revolution hits close to home with Jemima Emerson, who has to face and overcome the struggles of war. Readers see Jem face multiple deaths, raids, punishable scandals, as well as blossoming romance and growing up. I was thoroughly entranced by "Time Enough For Drums" from page one. HOWEVER, that is not to say that this book didn't have it's structural errors. Above improper grammar and contorted, forty-word sentences (yes, there were some), I found myself filling in the story...to an undeniable fault. Indeed, it should be every author's goal to let the reader imagine some details; however, I found myself filling in practically all the book's half-finished ideas. And though I am a dialogue efficionado, the authoress utilizes an exorbitant amount in place of description; moreover, most of the time, it was erratic and poorly-executed dialogue. Was it worth it for me to read this book: yes, because the storyline was exquisite and relatively moving. Do the pros outweigh the cons: by a small amount, they do indeed.
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This is one of my favorite books, by far! I can't even count how many times I've read it and each time I get caught up in the romance and historical sense of it all. The first time I read it, about two years ago, I read it in a matter of a day because I could not put it down! I love Jemima's determination and strength, as well as her fiesty spirit. And then there's John Reid, her handsome tutor! I absolutely love how he handles Jem and her stubbourn antics in such a reserved way.
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I thought it was a nice shorter read. I enjoy many of Rinadi's stories and I have to say this is one of my favorites. Although I do personally think the nook book is a bit overpriced.
Julie Holley More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Ann Rinaldi is an amazingly talented author"
History_lover More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my favortite books that I have read. I still have my copy from 1991, when I was in middle school. Every now and then, I pop it out and read it. The story between Jem and John Reid never dies. She is a young woman and he is an experienced tutor. She gives him fits and he handles her with grace and sincerity. Eventually Jem comes to realize that the man she knew as her tutor is now the man she longs to have forever. Other than the love story that is there, you also get a history lesson from the perspective of both the author and the main character Jem. Compelling and a page turner. Absolutely love this book and my copy is now starting to fall apart due to the constant reading of this book. I would loved to have seen a second version that follows both Jem and John Reid after the American Revolution ended, just to see where they would have ended up.
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Abigayl Meadows More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooo much. This is a great histoical romance!
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LindseyBauman More than 1 year ago
This book is addictive as soon as you begin reading it. The relationships between family, friends, and admirerers were well-written. It was also nice to see Jemima grow up and change. I definately recommend it for any fan of historical fiction with a slight twist of romance.
Keywi More than 1 year ago
Wow. It was actually pretty good! I thought it was the worst book at first.. but it has a lot of feeling in it. Truly enjoyable. ;D
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artisticbookreviewer More than 1 year ago
Jemima Emerson has grown in the colony of New Jersey. Now with talk of independence in the air she is becoming quite a problem for her Tory tutor, John Reid. Rinaldi has created quite a tale here, with romance, war, and the hardships of both. This book was excellent and left me wishing for more. The book takes place during the revolutionary war, and it opened my eyes to the struggles the Americans went through. It also reminded me that you can find love in the places you least expect it. I felt that Time Enough for Drums was very well written and look forward to reading more of Rinaldi's work. Rinaldi struggled to be accepted as a writer as her father did everything he could to keep her from it. Time Enough for Drums was one of her first works and I'm glad she didn't let herself be talked out of writing. Jemima has become a challenge for her tutor Mr. Reid a devout Tory who doesn't refrain from making his loyalist views known. Jemima's household is full of Patriots, and to her John is representation of the limits on her freedom. When her brother and childhood friend go off to war she feels there should be drums to which Lucy, the family slave, replies that there is "time enough for that, time enough for drums," hence the name of the book. Left alone with only John around, she feels lonely and upset. She soon discovers, though, that John Reid is no Tory and her feelings of hatred may be cover up for something else. This book realizes the terrors and hardships of war. From Hessians and British officers occupying Jemima's house to death of friends and family, Jemima deals with a lot. She must also think of marriage and becoming a lady. The thought of which she despises. She must realize her true feelings and put on a brave face for war. Her mother is at her wits end with Jemima running off and doesn't know what to do with her. Jemima manages to calm down enough to grow up and become a lady. I think this book achieved its goals very nicely. It enthralls its readers and leaves them with the sense of being satisfied, but wishing for more. This book compares well with other books of its genre. It is one of the best war time romances I've read. This book was excellent, exciting, romantic, and altogether well written. It presented the unpredictability of love, the excitement and woes of war, and never to assume that things are what they seem. I can't wait to read more of Rinaldi's work. I would definitely recommend it as one of my favorite books for a long time to come.