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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

From the Publisher
"A stirring book which brings history to life accurately. Rinaldi's enthusiasm for the subject is catching."—Kirkus Reviews, Pointer
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440228509
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
373,543
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.65(d)
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. 122 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.
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I had to read this book for school in 5 weeks but finished it in four weeks. It was slow and boring at the beggining, but in chapters 33, 34, 35, 36 and the epilougue, it is really good and could not put it down!! You must read this book. Sad, romantic, historical and heartfelt. Must read book!! Seriously. I'm not kidding, you have to read this within your lifetime. If you do not, I will find you and kill you.
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