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Betsy Zane, The Rose of Fort Henry

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In 1782, 13-year-old Betsy Zane’s bored with trying to act like a lady and being cooped up with her great-aunt. Her heart and soul yearn for the freedom of living with her brothers at the family homestead along the Ohio River.

When her great-aunt dies, Betsy leaves Philadelphia and returns to her home in the western wilderness. But it’s not easy for a young lady to find fr
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 10th 2002 by Yearling (first published 2000)
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Mar 05, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As she did in her previous book, The Beaded Moccasins, Lynda Durrant tells the exciting story of a real 18th century girl. This time her heroine is Elizabeth "Betsy" Zane, whose courageous actions saved an American fort during the final battle of the Revolution in 1782. Thirteen-year-old Betsy has lived in Philadelphia ever since her parents died six years ago, and she longs to return to her Virginia frontier home. She gets the chance when her only relative in Philadelphia, her great aunt, dies. ...more
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Jul 26, 2014 Miss Amanda rated it it was ok
gr 5-8 187 pgs

American Revolution 1781 Philadelphia PA / near Fort Henry, Ohio. 12 year old Betsy Zane can't wait to return to her frontier home with her brothers near Fort Henry. Sent to be raised by her great aunt after her parents' death, Betsy can't stand city life. After her great aunt's death, Betsy decides to make the dangerous journey home, but is the frontier really as dangerous as people warn her it is?

I liked how the story showed that nothing was clear black and white. Betsy starts th
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May 03, 2016 Clara Heintzelman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed how the author describes Betsy's desire to run free, instead of being cooped up in Philadelphia. It was yanking at me, and after reading it, I really wanted to just run away and camp in the country for a while. Normally, the only part of camping I really enjoy is s'mores, but this time I just wanted to be outside. This book was really quite emotional at times. It's a romance, it's a desire, it's a need to be with family. It's a powerful book about a girl who travels from ...more
Feb 08, 2011 Dotty rated it liked it
Betsy sent to live with her aunt to avoid the dangers of war finds herself in charge when her aunt dies. Betsy decides to return to her home at Fort Henry and ends up in the middle of the end of the Revolutionary War.

There is a very nice balanced view of Native Americans in this book that presents a part of their role and the interaction with the settlers I was unfamiliar with. There are a number of interesting characters with Betsy in this book, the overprotective brothers, a grumpy aunt(good r
Aug 15, 2016 A rated it really liked it
I love the spunk of this heroine. She walks out into the middle of a battlefield and doesn't get shot at b/c she's a young girl. Then, carrying gunpowder, she sprints back to the fort and makes it! And b/c of her the fort is able to hold on until help comes.

I love true stories about ordinary people who do incredible things!!
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