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Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South

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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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Jennifer Honein
Oct 10, 2010 Jennifer Honein is currently reading it
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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.

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Quentari Walker
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.
Hannah
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
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Lily
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.
Darla
(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
Kristen
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
Bethany Wade
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
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Tracy
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
Hannah
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
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Rebecca Radnor
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Luckngrace
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
Gill
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
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Caitlin710
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Julia
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
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Gale
DRAWING STRENGTH FROM HER DUAL HERITAGE

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
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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
siena
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
Whitney
I really enjoyed this portrayal of the American Revolution. The 14-year-old protagonist, Caroline, is forced to grow up in a matter of weeks when the British invade her city of Camden, South Carolina. Her history and upbringing are so unique and make her such a distinctive character and narrator. I loved Miz Melindy and Johnny. Truly an amazing story about how our country came to gain its independence, from the perspective of a once-prominent family in the south.
Iniko
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
Colin Peck
Feb 03, 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
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Nancy
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
Sharon
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
Roxann
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
Pam
Historical fiction about the South during the American Revolution. This one is definitely a YA novel. I liked the book -- I especially like that Rinaldi tells you at the end what is fact and what id fiction. I think the main female character is much stronger than the females in the other Rinaldi novels I have read and that contributed to my enjoyment of the book.

I read this because I am deciding on its suitability for the 3rd-5th grade library I found it in. I will be moving this one to the mid
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Lori
I highly value a well written, well researched historical fiction that shifts my paradigms. I had never considered the differences of the American Revolutionary War between the North and the South. The plot of this novel revolves around the British "Campaigns in the Carolinas". In essence, this time-period was a pre-cursor to the Civil War.

Ann Rinaldi is a skilled researcher and writer and I enjoyed reading her 'Author's Note', distinguishing between facts and fact-based fiction as well as her
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Melissa
I enjoyed this story (recommended to me by a friend teaching it to a class of 5th graders) but found Rinaldi's language and protagonist's modern POV grating at times.
Shannon Rickert
This book had me emotions up and down the whole book. Some of them i just wanted to kick their butts. This was a good historical fiction book.
Maja711
It was an amazing book!!!!!
Caroline was a very strong, independent and brave character. She wanted to take care of her family, and
I think that she kind of stepped in to be the substitute dad, since he was put in jail. She took care of her mother (not real mother) and even though her sister is older, Caroline acts more mature. She had the guts to stand up to Colonel Rawdon when no one else did. Caroline and her almost-brother saved a lot of people, but it was all thanks to Caroline, because she
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AlixJamie
This is a cozy sort of read -- after you get past the prologue. I didn't connect with the characters as much as I usually do, so I was able to sit back and enjoy the book without really worrying what would happen. I LIKED the characters all right, Caroline was excellent and Johnny and Miz Melindy were good too, but the plot wasn't as tense as some of her others. I really enjoyed it, though, and learned some interesting things.
Mrs. Rinaldi seems partial to having her male characters have blue or
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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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