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The Secret of Sarah Revere

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,997 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
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.
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1995)
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Sep 23, 2008 Sara rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sara by: My sister
This book was definently not my favorite book. I probably would never read it again. The beginning is kind of confusing and not intriguing. With the title of The SECRET of Sarah Revere, I was expecting an intense book of Sarah Revere having a secret that was really important information. But I was wrong, the book never had that. Also, I was waiting for the climax of the book, and I was thinking it would be a real intense one because in the book they are in a middle of war basically, but again, m ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-lit
I'm interested in reading more books by this author. I just picked this one up in the library because it looked interesting, and it did not disappoint. This books tells the story of Paul Revere's activities with the Patriots during the tumultuous years leading up to the summer of 1775 from the perspective of his 13-14 year old daughter, Sarah. It didn't gloss over the sticky issues and portrayed the stress and fear families of great patriots went through during those important years.
Young Sarah Revere continually wonders "What matters? The truth? Or what people think?" It seems to Sarah that everyone has a secret. Everyone has something to hide. Her famous father continues his work for the Patriots, her stepmother is warm friends with Dr. Warren (more than that? Sarah wonders), her older sister is constantly out with her boyfriend doing who knows what, and now even Sarah has something going on. She has gotten into a fight with Dr. Warren, and she cannot get past it. Meanwhi ...more
Alice B.
Dec 23, 2007 Alice B. rated it really liked it
"The Secret of Sarah Revere" is set in Colonial America, and just after the civil war. Sarah's father is Pul Revere a well known silversmith and Revolutionary hero, and he has a secret. A secret everyone wants to know. And that is who shot the first shot in the first battle; the British or the Colonists? But Sarah also has a secret, not one that everyone wants to know, and she is the only one who knows there is a secret in her. She knows secrets are just too dangerous. I really like book likes t ...more
Alondra Herrera
Jun 02, 2014 Alondra Herrera rated it it was amazing
In this book the main characters are Sarah, father, and doctor Warren. It took setting in many places but the most important place would be there home town which is Watertown. This book was based on the Revolutionary war, so it was around 1776. The Secret of Sarah Revere is about a girl named Sarah who is struggling with the past because her father knows who shot the first shot because her dad was in it because he was a soilder. Dr. Warren starts of in the book as a docter who dosen’t know that ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
Sarah is 13, the daughter of Paul Revere. The book takes place in the earliest part of the Revolutionary War, before it was actually a war but after trouble had already started. Sarah's grandmother is ultra-nasty; her mother is dead, and she ends up getting a step-mother. Her older sister is also nasty to her, so her home life is rather difficult.

Then there's the matter of her father's involvement with his various rides, warning other towns of impending British landings; her feelings for an old
Samantha Holt
Sep 20, 2011 Samantha Holt rated it really liked it
This, coming from a teenager, is a great book for kids my age, as it is set from the perspective of Paul Revere's teenage daughter. It is a good way to get kids interested in history by adding situations, like the internal struggle Sarah Revere is facing, that we can relate to.
Apr 01, 2016 LuAnn rated it really liked it
Rinaldi gives us an inside look at the lives of rebels and spies, which is what the leaders of the American Revolution were, making 1775 Boston come alive through the eyes of Paul Revere's daughter Sarah. Sarah's emotions run the gamut of fear, suspicion, excitement, anger and pride, as might any 13 year olds, as she stands on the periphery of an adult world of intrigues and secrets that spark a revolution and a new country-and as she faces her own secrets. The beginning is somewhat confusing, b ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Aubree rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Maybe I'm a little biased because I read it on the plane coming back from Boston so I had just visited the sites in the book and felt a connection to them, but it was still a good story. It was a little confusing in the beginning and shouldn't be read by anyone who doesn't have at least a little background on the start of the revolution but those are my only complaints. I appreciate that the author explained what was truth and what was fiction in the back of the book. This boo ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Liliana rated it it was amazing
this book made me cry at the end.i loved it.
Oct 04, 2014 Eden rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, reviewed
What matters? What's true? Or what people think?

Sarah's father, Paul Revere, would say what matters is what's true. And sometimes Sarah isn't sure what's true. It seems everyone has secrets and it's a bit of confusing time for her. Sarah is 13 and a lot of things are changing, including her feelings.

Sarah feels her family is falling apart and doesn't know what to do.

I've read other books by Ann Rinaldi and enjoyed them greatly. This one took a little bit for me to get into, but it turned out to
Rebecca Radnor
The story of Paul Revere/Boston's struggles/Lexington & Dr. Joesph Warren from the perspective of Revere's daughter Sarah, a 14 year old girl who is obsessed with the banalities of youth, and an inflated sense of her own importance, etc, in spite of the fact that she's sitting on the edge of history. Both she and her father have a secret and in her mind, they are of equal importance. In that respect, it offers a realistic portrayal of a pre-teen girl whose hormonal shifts rule her brain. You ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Kendall rated it liked it
The Secret of Sarah Revere takes place in Colonial America just before the Revolutionary War. It follows young Sarah, the daughter of Paul Revere. Sarah is caught in the middle of the secrets concerning the fight for liberty in the Revere house and must do her best to keep them to herself. She also tries to navigate through the difficult time of growing up and becoming a young woman.

This was not my favorite Rinaldi book but it was still good. This book shows how the uprisings in the colonies af
Jun 28, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it
The Secret of Sarah Revere is a beautiful book. The story starts with two really confusing chapters set in Watertown. These chapters happen after the action of the story happens. I really wish that Ann Rinaldi had left these two chapters out- or just moved them to later on in the story. They were very confusing. Then the story jumps back two years and we learn about the family and we live Sarah's life during the beginning of the war. I loved this part of the story. The characters were great and ...more
Colin Peck
Feb 04, 2013 Colin Peck added it
Recommends it for: fifth grade and eighth grade history teachers, elementary and middle school librarians
Readers will get a better look into the life of Paul Revere while reading this book because it is told from the perspective of his daughter, Sarah. Students will gain a better understanding of the events that led to the Revolution as well as learn a lot more about the Revere family than is usually taught in eighth grade history classes. Since Paul Revere is a central focus during the American Revolution curriculum, students will find this book beneficial as well as interesting. They will see thi ...more
Lana Del Slay
Jun 03, 2013 Lana Del Slay rated it really liked it
Shelves: done-reviewed
Ann Rinaldi takes it Darker and Edgier in The Secret of Sarah Revere. Sort of. Spoilers to follow, as usual.

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Dec 06, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
Shelves: 18th-century
I zipped through this in one day as I've owned it for years but never read it. Quite honestly, the book did not capture my attention, apart from the interest in learning more about Paul Revere and his family. I was more intrigued by Warren, than I was by Sarah. Some of the dialogue seemed rather hokey and other times too modern. I liked the theme of "Truth vs. Perception", but that nor the actual secret of the title got a large role it seems in the story.
Nov 14, 2015 April rated it it was ok
Shelves: mediocre-fiction
A disappointing read, actually. I found this located in the mystery section of my library--let me clarify, this is not a mystery.

In the novel we follow Paul Revere's daughter Sarah who has a tiff with Dr. Joseph Warren. The book was rather juvenile and I would have preferred Paul Revere's story being more upfront rather than set in the background.

It wasn't a complete waste of time, but it lacked conflict and a climax. As a writer I can appreciate the time and research she put into the book, an
Aug 01, 2011 Jillian rated it it was ok
This book was a bit dissapointing for me. I had been looking for a good historical fiction for teens about the Revolutionary War and the title and description of this one intrigued me. Perhaps the best part of the book was that it seemed incredibly realistic, allowing me to get a glimpse into the daily life of the Revere family. The worst part, for me, was perhaps that it was too much about the day to day life of the family and not quite enough about anything else. The "secret" alluded to in the ...more
Hannah Capron
Jan 27, 2015 Hannah Capron rated it really liked it
Ann Rinaldi has become one of my favorite historical authors. I've read The Fifth of March, Finishing Becca, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. I was pleased to find about 15 books written by her in my local library; I cannot wait to read them!

The Secret of Sarah Revere was an interesting read, but definitely not my favorite of Ann Rinaldi's work. I found the title very misleading. I expected Sarah to play a role in her father's famous ride, or tell him an important message. Until the last
Melissa Namba
Sep 09, 2015 Melissa Namba rated it liked it
Shelves: books-for-lucy
This is a nice and interesting interpretation of events, especially for someone like me who is not all that well versed in American history. The writing was age appropriate and the teenage fits and crushes were believable. I am now interested in learning more about Dr. Warren and his history/contributions. This was well presented and made the history accessible.
Jun 05, 2014 Rana rated it did not like it
This was such a painfully dull book. It doesn't match it's title. It's about various people and various things. It doesn't focus on Sarah Revere. I hated this book. I will never read it again, and I advise you not to read it. Trust me, you won't be happy with the results if you do.
Sep 22, 2014 P3joshuam rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because I am a American History fanatic! If you enjoy learning about the French and Indian war. If you are looking for a book about the straight up facts about the war, then don't read this book. Instead of that, this book is told through the eyes of a thirteen year-old girl, and her struggles with her father, grandmother, and her stepmother.
Jun 03, 2014 Jr added it
This is my favorite book I have read this year. I would recomend this book espeacilly if you like history. It talks about the Revolutionary War. My favorite part of the book is when abpout the brave Paul Revere makes his midnight ride. I probably could never do what he did in that short amount of time. There is loads of other events in this book. What caught my attition reading this book is the Boston Tea Party.It caught my attention because the people dressed up as indians and through tea worth ...more
Pam Carrie
Dec 07, 2012 Pam Carrie rated it really liked it
I loved the question that Sarah Revere kept putting forth, "What matters? The truth? Or what people think?"" Sarah has a youthful crush on Dr. Warren (a family friend who watches over the family while Mr. Revere is away from home). Sarah makes some harsh accusations to Dr. Warren as she feared that he had a romantic interest in her stepmother Rachel. This also stirred a sense of jealousy within Sarah. This awkward moment in their friendship caused their relationship to nearly dissolve. Sarah lat ...more
Kate E
Jan 13, 2015 Kate E rated it it was ok
I had to read this book. I did not find it interesting at all. It might have ha only one interesting part. If I had the choice to read it again I would try not to.
Dominic Walker
Dec 12, 2011 Dominic Walker rated it really liked it
Sarah Revere, the daughter of Paul Revere is living during the war and her father has to go away. While away, a friend of the family, Joseph Warren watches over them. Sarah sort of has a crush on Warren. Warren has an interest in Sarah's stepmother, which she doesn't like and confronts Warren and from there it goes downhill. Sarah thinks she is wrong about him and feels bad. Going to war as a doctor, Warren dies. Her family's secrets are making her more and more suspicious. In the end she develo ...more
Nov 22, 2007 SarahC rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of U.S. historical fiction, revolutionary period
This was an intelligent fictional work designed for young adults, that nicely incorporated an episode in American Revolutionary history. (It reminded me of how little I know of that period, even though all of us U.S. kids study it from first grade, right? Maybe we arent studying the rights parts of it?)

It focused on that pivotal period of time when Paul Revere was working in secret to lead a revolution. It also provided a nice portrait of family life and the thoughts and reactions of women to ev
Feb 23, 2014 Keitra rated it really liked it
Shelves: looking-for
I remember reading this when I was 13. Even though it isn't my usual interest, I really enjoyed it.
Nov 24, 2014 Period1/2fernandoe rated it it was ok
It wasn't really the best book i've read but in some cases it was pretty interesting.
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Ann Rinaldi (b. August 27, 1934, in New York City) is a young adult fiction author. She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father's House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA. In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was lis ...more
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“There are different kinds of love, Sarah. I feel one kind of love for your father. A special kind. Another kind for Warren. And still a different kind for you children.' She smiled at me. 'Heaven rue the day we can't feel love for one another. I wouldn't want to live in such a world, would you?” 3 likes
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