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Sarah Bishop

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  1,850 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother, who take opposite sides in the War of Independence, Sarah Bishop flees from the British who seek to arrest her and struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness. "An engrossing story with a vital lesson on the meaning of Tunalienable rights.'" -- Publishers Weekly
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Jul 07, 2013 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Bishop is a young girl who has no interest in the coming American Revolutionary War. However, this is not how her father and her brother feel. Her father is a Loyalist, siding with the British, and her brother, is a Patriot. Her brother leaves the house, and soon, her father is tarred and feathered. Sarah realizes that she must leave. She then goes to New York City to try to find her brother, but the British wrongly accuse Sarah of a crime and so Sarah escapes into the wilderness. The rest ...more
Kellyn Roth
Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell is set in the era we’re currently reading about in school and showing a different side of the American Revolution from what you normally see.

It offers you a different perspective, but unfortunately is not a very good book - slow to start, too quick once it gets going, then unbearably dull from perhaps 50% on, offering readers nothing new. Basically, it’s the day-to-day life of a girl surviving alone in the woods. I suppose if you know nothing about the woods or how t
Mar 30, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What can one do when caught between warring parties in a fight that has little to do with oneself? What is a teenaged girl like Sarah Bishop supposed to do in the dawning days of the American Revolution, personally not believing or caring about the political differences between Whigs and Tories, but nonetheless wrapped up in their drama against her own will?

Novels about the circumstances and characters—both real and fictional—of the Revolutionary War are not scarce, but Sarah Bishop sort of he
Ruth Sophia
A different perspective on the Revolutionary War

This is a difficult book for me to review. I liked that it was about a character who was neither pro- nor anti- Independence, instead she despised the war simply because of how it entirely disrupted her life (view spoiler) I enjoyed the book and her fortitude. You don't get "in her head" much, but O'Dell still communicates her conflicting emotions, partic
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April Brown
Nov 29, 2012 April Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, teen
What ages would I recommend it too? – Fifteen and up.

Length? – Most of a day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – New England during the Revolutionary War.

Written approximately? – 1980.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Nightmares. Almost rape of the main character and unnecessary violence that doesn't lend to the plot.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? A few notes about the war, time frame and witch hunts. Finish the sto
May 30, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the story line, but I felt like the author only told you what Sarah was doing and saying but not what she was thinking and feeling. I didn't connect with her until much later in the book, and even then she felt distant. Other than that, which involves the writer and not the story so much, I really liked the book. I like the way she changed, from an eye for an eye to forgive others their trespasses. I think deep down she was always like that, but she was hurt and angry and didn't want to ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Jin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 12, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved O'dell since I read Island of the Blue Dolphins forever ago. He doesn't dissapoint here as he tells the true story of the real Sarah Bishop during the Revolutionary War. Very well written. I did wish that he had an afterward to tell us about what happened to Sarah Bishop after this book ends.
Candi Stephenson
I remember liking "Island of the Blue Dolphins" so I picked this one up from a "free" pile at the library. I like how it was written and the independence/tenacity of the main character, but the book just stops and you're left wondering where the ending real closure, just a lot of hinting.
Aug 01, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young girls
Shelves: youngadult
i think this was my favorite scott o'dell book. i immediately favored it because of our shared name, but she kicked ass! the book was so violent, but sarah learns how to take care of herself, gets a gun and runs away to some caves. this takes place around the revolutionary war.
May 14, 2017 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stand-alones
Wasn't the biggest fan of the ending.
Jun 18, 2017 Maryc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dec 18, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read more about her and was disappointed when it ended.
Jan "don't blame me, I also voted for Hillary"
A well-written historical novel set during the Revolutionary War. A female protagonist as strong as Johnny Tremain!
Jan 10, 2009 Tahleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Sarah Bishop is a 15-year-old girl caught in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Not for one side or the other, she is full of anger at the deaths she has had to endure and the war that caused them. Alone, she sets off as there is nothing left for her at her farm on Long Island. But she is soon accused of a crime she didn't commit and, on the run, decides to survive in the wilderness with nothing but her musket for company. Sarah decides that she will create her own fate.

This is a war story, a
Lisa  Shamchuk
Running from the law, the only thing for Sarah to do is enter the wild. She finds a cave and a cute albino bat. She procures food and fixes up the cave as home. A pair of Native Americans help her during their travels through Sarah's bit of the wild. This part was interesting. I wish it ended here. But then Sarah get's convinced to go to a Quaker meeting in town and they throw her in jail for being a witch. Then she get's freed and goes back to her cave. I hated this part and didn't like the end ...more
Mel Foster
Dec 05, 2015 Mel Foster rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in outcasts, wilderness survival stories, effects of war,
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This book is about a young girl named Sarah Bishop. After her father and brother are killed in the war, she has to fend for herself. By fighting for her life, she goes through many adventures that turn her life upside down.

The writer brings the setting to life through the inclusion of authentic details that do not overwhelm the story. The details that the story provides, such as saying about the war, makes the story. If it weren't for these details, the reader wouldn't understand all that Sarah

O'Dell's YA novel about Sarah Bishop, an English-Colonial girl caught between both sides of the American Revolution, holds the reader's interest from the start. Throughout 41 short chapters with extensive dialogue we share Sarah's shock and dismay as her world is uprooted by dangerous men with fervent principles--and a few who lack principles entirely. Neither patriots nor loyalists behave honorably, while British "justice" in the New World proves a mo
This book has traveled with me for 20 years after I originally read it, not because it was a favorite, but because it was by a favorite author. I thought this was one less likely to stand the test of time, but more likely to surprise me. And now I think it is pretty good, but not fantastic. Set in the early days of the Revolutionary War on Long Island (aka Brooklyn), the first 75% of the book mirror Island of the Blue Dolphins in a lot of surprising ways. Our heroine's mother is absent, father d ...more
May 25, 2009 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids from 4th grade on up to adults
Shelves: youth
This was another book that my son read for his book reports in 5th grade. He had to cover many genre's this past year, this book was read for his Newberry Winner report.
I really didn't have a lot of hope for this book. But I do like Scott O'Dell and decided to give it a try. I was in for a surprise, this book was really, really good. I enjoyed it very much and was sad when the story ended.
Sarah Bishop was a young teen at the time of the revolutionary war and having already lost her mother now
Feb 09, 2017 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish Goodreads would allow half star ratings. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars. The story was interesting enough that I didn't want to put the book down. Normally that would get a 5 star rating from me. The grammatical errors in the book took it down a notch, as did the fact that the story was simply not believable. I love historical fiction, but it has to be plausible. I suppose this book is aimed at older elementary and middle school aged kids, so maybe that is forgivable because they wouldn ...more
The story, Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell uses repetition to show courage and reveal fear shouldn't get the best of you. Sarah Bishop is classified as a fiction and children's literature book. Scott O’Dell has also published other books such as: The Black Pearl, Sing Down the Moon, The King’s Fifth, and etc. Sarah is accused of a crime she didn't commit, but unfortunately the British soldiers denied her statement. No matter how bad life seems, never give up! Stand up for what you believe in! For S ...more
Laura Verret
Sarah Bishop’s father is a Tory. He believes that King George is the rightful ruler of the American colonies. Sarah is neither Tory nor Patriot – she just wants to live and knows that danger is imminent for those in the colonies who remain loyal to the King.

And then, her brother Chad signs up with the patriots. He plans to fight the very King her father loves so dearly. Things only get worse from then – a band of marauders sets fire to their house and barn and tar and feather her father. Within
Feb 21, 2008 Christy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 15, 2015 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am so very glad that I was never made to read this book during elementary school. The idea behind the story is excellent. That's about it. The plot meanders, story lines are left unresolved, and there is no historical note at the end to tell the reader about the 'real' Sarah Bishop (a lady hermit living in New York State in the Early Republic period). Sarah herself is a plucky heroine who lives off the land. She is surprisingly underdeveloped emotionally for a main character. Is this one of O' ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Nazik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place during the Revolutionary war. Sarah, a fifteen year old girl, lived on a small farm with her father and older brother Chad. Sarah's father was a Tory and her brother was a Patriot. Sarah was neither; she just wanted peace. Chad disobeyed his father and enlisted to fight in the war, along with his friends. While Chad was gone, the Patriots knew that Sarah's father was a Tory so they burned Sarah's house down. Sarah and her father were left homeless. The next day Sarah's fat ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Soseh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My uncle is the one who recommended this book to me since he saw that I had read the book 'My Brother Sam Is Dead'. It is a very similar book. I liked although there was no real emotion at all. The book was about a girl named Sarah Bishop. Her brother went off to the military and died there on a prison ship. Her father got tarred and died because he was speaking his mind and saying what he thought was right. Throughout the entire book, Sarah has no emotions about anything. She sobs once for her ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Bishop is a young teen girl who lives in the time period of the Revolutionary War. Her father is a soft-spoken Patriot for King George, and her brother somehow became a Tory. Sarah doesn't particularly take either side; she just wants to be far away from the war.

As events play out, Sarah is all alone, with only the animals in the woods to be her friends (and some animals are her enemies). She learns to survive somehow by herself, always afraid of the British soldiers coming to take her to
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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19 ...more
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