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Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,117 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll on her family and friends, and comes to understand the true nature of war.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1998)
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Oct 13, 2016 Janie rated it really liked it
Another great Rinaldi! Every time as I pick up a book to read off of my juvenile shelf, I almost groan because so many juvenile books are either poorly written or not interesting to an adult. But Rinaldi never fails to draw you in from the start and make you a silent character in the story. In this one, I was Caroline's shadow as the American Revolution in South Carolina caused this young teenage girl to grow up quickly. As my usual habit, I'll not give away any spoilers; you should read the sto ...more
Jennifer Honein
Oct 09, 2010 Jennifer Honein is currently reading it
Recommends it for: All:)
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Shaunya Harden
This book takes place during the American Revolution, in 1780. The main character is a girl named Caroline, her rebel father has been arrested and her brother is fighting for the British. She learns her brother has been injured and takes her "grandmother", Miz Meindy to go to his aid.

Caroline has an extremely selfish sister, Georgia Ann, who very much cares more about herself and the way she looks than her her family. She is being courted by a British colonel, Rawdon.

I think this book is writt
Quentari Walker
Mar 05, 2008 Quentari Walker rated it liked it
Cast Two Shadows is A Good Historical fiction book. The book informs you about what happened in the American Revolution using made up characters, Only the leaders or generals that are head of in army are real life people. The Setting of the story was in Camden South Carolina in 1780. This is a few of the books that I enjoyed. I recommend this book for people who like to read about history. This book is by Ann Rinaldi.
Sep 23, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book for school and I am so glad I did. It was a really good book. I loved the ending. It had some action and adventure. I liked the family part of it as well. Overall, to me this was a really good book and I think other people would like it too.
Feb 07, 2016 Kalie rated it it was amazing
A quick read and a great story with historically accurate details. Rinaldi delivers again.
Actual Rating: 4.5

I am legitimately surprised by this book. I got this book for book clubs, and it didn't look like much. I wasn't suspecting anything, except one warning/comment from my friend who had read it before, and that was that apparently that it was pretty gory at the beginning. And that's true. It is gory, for a middle grade book, at the beginning. The main character's friend is hung, and the scene is described in length, and isn't allowed to be buried for three weeks, and somebody who
May 08, 2013 Gale rated it liked it

It is the summer of 1780 in hot South Carolina--a tense time for plantation owners who must make a serious political choice:
remain loyal to the King or declare for American independence.
The situation at the Whitaker plantation is painful: the father in a local prison, with threats of being sold in the Bahamas; the young scion of the family off fighting with guerilla patriots; the mother and two daughters virtually kept prisoners in their own home by a pomp
Wisdom Zelda
Aug 16, 2016 Wisdom Zelda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Inside Story: A Review of Cast Two Shadows

If you live in the US, you have probably heard a lot about the War of Independence. Maybe you think it’s kind of boring: “The British fought the Settlers. Many died. The British...” However, I promise you that by reading this book, you’ll start thinking of the War of Independence in a whole new way. Because here you have it: the Inside Story.

Cast Two Shadows, by Ann Rinaldi, is a story of a young woman, Caroline Whitaker, who lives during the War o
Aug 10, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it
Another fantastic Rinaldi read. It starts off immediately with a very rough passage that really sets an immediately serious, emotional tone for the rest of the book. I had never realized that the Revolutionary War in the South was more like a civil war in that neighbors used the war as an excuse to exact revenge or loot and pillage rivals, adopting whatever side was convenient for them, and Rinaldi really brought that to light in a very vivid way.

I also never cease to admire how she finds so ma
Jan 28, 2015 Catherine rated it it was ok
One of the few things Rinaldi's Cast Two Shadows does very well is communicate a sense of the chaos of wartime occupation. Beyond the protagonist's confinement to one room of her former plantation house, there's the sense that the very landscape of South Carolina has been changed by the presence of the British. Nothing seems safe; there are soldiers everywhere, unpredictable and dangerous; families are torn apart; no one knows quite whom to trust. That kind of confusion is hard to get across to ...more
Rebecca Radnor
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Oct 25, 2011 Luckngrace rated it it was amazing
I've read several of Ann Rinaldi's YA historical novels. I always love them and learn from them. This one featured a young white-skinned black girl being raised as white by her white plantation master father, his wife and family. The American Revolution is beginning and the members of her family are ambivalent about which side to support. They begin as Tories, but are faced with "popinjay" (Redcoat) attrocities and must make hard choices. The British occupiers are arrogant and treat patriots muc ...more
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Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South is the story of Caroline, who, despite being only 3/4 white, is part of the family she's living with. The story opens to Caroline, her sister Georgia Ann, and her "mother" confined to a room upstairs, because a British officer has taken over the downstairs. Caroline receives word that her brother, Johnny is deserting from the British army. The officer living downstairs doesn't know that; he thinks that Johnny was injured fighting. So, he giv ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Caitlin710 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade-shelf
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Dec 05, 2008 Tracy rated it it was amazing
There's good history in here. I liked how through "Cast Two Shadows", "Time Enough for Drums", "The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre", "Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons", "Finishing Becca" and "A Ride into Morning: The Story of Tempe Wick", Rinaldi gives a great overview of the American Revolution for people from all walks of life. In "Cast Two Shadows" we get a Southerner's perspective. Here the Revolutionary War is more than politics and talk between men, but a bitter war betwe ...more
Feb 23, 2010 Gill rated it really liked it
Well, not strictly Georgia, the Carolinas, but 'in the region'. I read this as part of my reading to understand a bit about the area where my son and family are living. I've read modern Georgian authors, and Ferrol Sams about the turn of the 20th century, Gone with the wind about the civil war, so I guess this one is my earliest historical foray in the Americas.
But for a dip into the journal of someone who lived through the American War of Independance, this one was the nearest I have got to
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it

Cast Two Shadows

The book takes place during the Revolutionary War. Caroline is the main character of the book. Her father has been put in prison by the British. She's in South Carolina, and the British have arrived. They take over her family's house, use their provisions, and take her favorite horse.

It's basically a book about a family living under occupation by a foreign power, complicated by the fact that the country itself is divided into those who are rebels, and those who are still loyal to
Jul 08, 2015 Theredcentipede rated it really liked it
Caroline is a 14-yr old living in a senseless time--the Revolutionary War. Those that were Loyalist turn Patriot, those that were family, abandon the family, those that are white, are black. Nothing is as it seems and logic is hard to come by.

The main character wonders why the British soldiers would eat all of the egg-laying chickens leaving nothing to sustain them in the future. The reader wonders how a little girl could care so much about saving a father who sold her mother into a brutal slav
Jan 18, 2014 Kristen rated it liked it
This was a really good book. I love Ann Rinaldi. This book was longer than some of her others, which I liked because she was able to get more in-depth. The longer length did not cause the story to get boring at all. It had captivating characters: the brave, steady female lead; the daring, charming, and all-around-good-guy brother; the annoying/terrible sister; the wise grandmother; the mother who kept the family together; and the disgusting and evil antagonist. It was book about the American Rev ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Julia rated it liked it
Caroline Whitaker is fourteen-years-old, and is witnessing the American Revolution first hand. A British officer and army had commandeered her home. Her father (a Patriot) has been imprisoned, her brother Johnny (a Loyalist) is wounded, and the British, before her eyes, hang her best friend. Her sister is becoming the mistress to the cruel British officer who has stolen their house.

Adding to Caroline’s fears and self-doubt, she knows she is the result of her father's dallianace with one of his s
Dec 15, 2011 siena added it
Cast Two Shadows is a book full of suspense. Caroline, the main character, is a young girl living through the Revolutionary War. Her life is full of troubles and worries.Her brother is seriously injured out in the middle of nowhere and she needs to go rescue him with her grandmother in the time of four days. On the way down to get him, she runs into more problems. There are homeless people in need of her help and with her grandmother's remedies they can't resist but to help everyone. While on th ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Iniko rated it really liked it
Shelves: rwr-english-five
For my second Read Write Recommend book I read " Cast Two Shadows" by Ann Rinaldi. This story from personally less-understood point of view of loyalist family during the Revolutionary War, is something that instantly caught my eye. The eye catching title, and not an easily understood one, is explained at the stories end and really is a great way to tie the story together. You feel like you are on a journey with Caroline, the main character, and feel the ups and downs she encounters. The contrast ...more
Sep 25, 2009 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a number of Ann Rinaldi’s historical fiction in the past, and I was quickly reminded what a good writer she is. Cast Two Shadows is about the American Revolution in the Southern colonies, seen through the eyes of young Caroline Whitaker. It is through a long journey with her grandmother in an attempt to save her wounded Loyalist brother that she comes to terms with the complexity of her life caused by the war (her Patriot father is imprisoned, and her sister becomes the doxy of a Briti ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it
Another great historical novel by Ann Rinaldi! Caroline is a young girl in the midst of the Revolutionary War, her brother fighting for the British while her father is in jail for being a Patriot. Her life is seemingly ripped apart from her, living in a house occupied by the British. It doesn't make it any better that her bratty sister, Georgia Ann, is smitten with the colonel that is leading it.

Not Rinaldi's best piece, but it was enjoyable. I would have given it a four or a five but the begin
Aug 12, 2014 Darla rated it liked it
(Genre:Historical fiction/teen fiction) Interesting story of the Revolutionary War set in the Carolinas. The author takes a family with split feelings for the war (some pro-British and others more patriot inclined) and then imagines what might have happened to them, using her research into the time period. Rinaldi details some of the points from her research at the end of the book and tells how she tied them into the story and that was very interesting. I was a little doubtful about how she deal ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book--I couldn't put it down. It's a different (but true to history) take on the very different nature of the Revolutionary War in the South. As the author states in her notes, it wasn't just about American vs. British, it was about family member vs. family member, and the rich planter vs. the backwoodsman. All the elements that would make up the Civil War in the South later on are fundamentally apparent in the Revolutionary War to some degree. But the author does such ...more
Colin Peck
Jan 29, 2013 Colin Peck added it
Recommends it for: Eighth grade history teachers, eighth grade English teachers, middle school librarians
This book gives readers a glimpse of what the American Revolution was like in the southern part of the "country". Most history classes focus on the events that occurred in the New England states, so this will give students a different perspective on the Revolutionary War. It is also from a girl's-not a man or a soldier's-point of view, which adds another different perspective for readers.

Eighth grade history teachers could use this book to supplement their lessons on the Revolutionary War. middl
Bethany Wade
Aug 07, 2014 Bethany Wade rated it liked it
I don't normally read historical fiction set in America, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Cast Two Shadows not only explores the horrors of war, but also raises important questions about what makes us family and what principles drive us to risk everything.

Caroline is a believable and likable protagonist. As a reader, I enjoyed journeying with her as she pushed through her past and the traumatic experiences of war to discover what she is really made of. I think she says it best when
Oct 15, 2011 Roxann rated it really liked it
This is a historical novel set in the southeastern part of the country during the Revolutionary War. The book deals with mixed slave/white families very well. The Revolution is also covered well, with the focus on how the British soldiers treated families and what resulted from the invasion. This is a great book to read for an unusual look at the American Revolution, and a side of the war that is often overlooked in history books. This is a good book for young adults to get an idea about how tum ...more
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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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