The Color of Fire

The Color of Fire

by Ann Rinaldi, Jill Lepore


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Someone is setting fires in New York City. It is 1741 and, as a colony of Britain, America is at war with Spain. The people in New York City are on a heightened state of alert, living in fear of Catholics acting as Spanish secret agents. Phoebe, an enslaved girl, watches as the town erupts into mass hysteria when the whites in New York City convince themselves that the black slaves are planning an uprising. Her best friend, Cuffee, is implicated in the plot, and the king's men promise to let him go if he names names. Several people are hanged and many more are burned at the stake, but the mob won't rest until they find a mastermind behind the plan, someone Catholic and white-and there's suspicion that Phoebe's teacher Mr Ury is a priest.

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ISBN-13: 9780786809387
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 04/27/2005
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.67(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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Color of Fire 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
WillaCather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as strong as some of Rinaldi's other historical fiction. Ends too quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the often forgotten "Negro Plot of 1741", Ann Rinaldi tells with action, romance, and suspense this story, through the eyes of Phoebe, a 14 year old slave. At first, Phoebe's master is full of generosity for his slaves, and stands up for Cuffee, a slave that is under constant suspicion for the uprisings that happen time and time again. Buildings and lives have been lost though, and the white people of the town are furious. When all fingers point to Cuffee, and his other two friends, there is no longer hope for his narrow and close escape, and so Phoebe and Cuffee's master does not even try. This fills Phoebe with hatred and feelings of betrayal, and soon she is taking matters into her own hands. Phoebe is aware of the fact that if she talks against Cuffee, she will be free, just like many of the other slaves who have planned just that. But what is hardest on her heart is the fact that all of these people are talking against a slave that they know nothing about. At the same time, Phoebe deals with the prejudices that surround her tutor, which are accusations of him being a Catholic priest. She must save him from the stakes too, keeping secrets, and lying to numerous people to protect his life. As Phoebe begins to see Cuffee is destined for certain burning at the stake, she realizes why the village doctor is suddenly giving out so much poison. This is the last desperate measure victims ask their loved ones to do, as they await the flames and torture to come. Phoebe can poison her friend, granting his one last wish and saving him from the excruciating pain of the flames, or she can not interfere. Either way will bring serious consequences, but in the end, Phoebe does the action that her heart knows is best. I would recommend this book to any historical fiction lover who enjoys reading about an event that is not commonly written about.probably ages 12 to 15. ~Claysen P.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't really care much for The Color of Fire. It was very interesting and factual. But Ann Rinaldi's previous books from earlier years is much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for summer reading and I highly reccomend it. I would reccomend it to students in grades 6-10. It is very realistic i just love it!