The Secret of Sarah Revere

The Secret of Sarah Revere

by Ann Rinaldi

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Overview


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.
Reader's guide included.

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: 349,733
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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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From the Publisher

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

"Beautifully crafted."—School Library Journal

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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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.