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Time Enough for Drums

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  3,173 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence from the British king.
Paperback, 249 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by Troll Communications (first published January 1st 1986)
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Michelle Isenhoff
Jan 16, 2013 Michelle Isenhoff rated it it was amazing
Ann Rinaldi has become a household name in YA historical fiction, and this is one of her most acclaimed books. It’s been on my reading list for some time. The year is 1775, and fifteen-year-old Jemima Emerson is a headstrong young lady. She’s not a bad child; she simply doesn’t think before she acts, and Mr. John Reid, her tutor (and a hated Tory), is determined to turn her into a lady. She resists with everything she has.

But war has a way of making one grow up. Jem’s brother, Daniel, fulfills a
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Josie
Jun 29, 2009 Josie rated it really liked it
There were some great moments in this book. I loved how Jemima would, in the middle of a mind rant about how much she hated her tutor John Reid, mention his good looks, or muscular arms...
He was beastly and I hated him. We did geography and French and Latin and sums for four hours while Raymond's letter sat between us.
....Oh he knew he was handsome, all right. He strutted about the room when he lectured on geography or listened to my French and Latin pronunciation, ever aware of the breadth of h
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Sarah
Sep 11, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I thought this was quite good, but felt that the romance between Jem and John Reid resolved too quickly. I enjoyed the romantic tension that was sizzling between them at the start but by only about 1/3 of the way through they'd declared their love for each other and he'd nicked off leaving her pining for him at home, NOT as fun!
Although on that note, he did seem to enjoy excercising his power over her a LITTLE bit too much, plus the fact that he was nine years older than her and she was only 15
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Ashley
Dec 08, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I finally wrote up a review of this book! It's an old favorite! I wrote it up for my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing (and, it looks/reads better there, because all the HTML is viewable! :) )

Time Enough for Drums is the one of three reasons I decided in 8th grade that it was okay to read and enjoy more than murder mysteries. (Robin McKinley is reason one and two but more on that later.) Because this book is one that I credit with vastly expanding my literary horizons, I'm going to tell
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Patriot
Sep 02, 2010 Patriot rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book!!!!!! All thanks to dear Kelsey, who gave it to me as a wonderful birthday present! It was such a refreshing breeze to be able to read a really good book after the last two I read, which were both pretty poor. But "Time Enough For Drums" was excellent; Ann Rinaldi did an AWESOME job of making it suspenseful and dramatic--and romantic too:) I would highly recommend it!
Britt
Jan 17, 2015 Britt rated it really liked it
This was such a great book! All of the historical facts were acurate, so that naturally made a history nerd like me really happy. I loved John and Jem's relationship, as well as her relationship with her brothers. This book was such a good read!
Brittany
Jul 29, 2010 Brittany rated it liked it
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Jessica
Sep 25, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
I think I got obsessed with Ann Rinaldi in the fifth grade. Pretty sure I went through a phase where I read every book the library had from her and waited with bated breath for new ones.

I don't love her books quite as much as I did then. I haven't read any of her books written since 2008 or so. Despite the love affair ending, Time Enough for Drums will always hold a place in my book affections.

Now that I think more about it, I had a love/hate affair with her books. There were some that I loved
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Allie
Rank in My Top Ten: # 3
Why in My Top Ten: I think this is one of the best historical fictions of all time, though I'm sort of biased because I kind of grew up with this book. I first read it when I was 12 and have read it at least 25 times since then. It is a young adult novel, so the book's themes are tailored for that age group. However, the story of how the revolutionary war affects a 16 year-old girl's family and friends still captivates me every time, even 13 years later. The love story is
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AlixJamie
Jun 11, 2010 AlixJamie rated it really liked it
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that the main character, Jemima, was supposed to be "spirited". Unfortunately her "spirited" actions were mostly outright disobedience. Other than that, the romance is sweet and clean, the dialog is well written, and the characters are very likable. I do remember writing in my journal that if I were the author I would have made Jemimah hate Mr. Ried a lot longer than she did, because that part of the book was the best. :) That's just my opinion th ...more
Jenny
This is a well written historical romance set in Trenton during the Revolutionary War. The characters come alive as well as the war during that time period. Jemima, a teenage girl, wages constant war with her tutor, John Reid, a supposed Tory. Her brothers are Patriots who go off to fight with Washington, her sister is married to a British officer, and her mother secretly writes pro-rebel essays for the paper. Ann Rinaldi is a real expert at telling an interesting and compelling fictional story ...more
Rachel M.
Jul 25, 2011 Rachel M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
I love this book! Of all the Ann Rinaldi books I've read, this is definitely my favorite! Unlike most of her other novels, it isn't depressing, although there are some sad parts. John Reid is an awesome character, while Jemima is annoying for most of the book. However, she becomes more mature as the Revolutionary War progresses, and by the end of the novel, she becomes a lady. I think it's really cool that Rinaldi's son and daughter posed for the cover of this book as John and Jemima.
Kelli
Apr 19, 2010 Kelli rated it it was amazing
Such a good historical novel. My favorite of Ann Rinaldi's. She is an amazing history writer. When I was younger I used to scale the library for any new books by her. She was my favorite writer and I still reread my favorites that she has written. This book is about the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. It sort of has a Pride and Prejudice undertone (but most good love stories do). An awesome book.
Melinda
Jul 03, 2012 Melinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books. It is a heartouching novel about a young girl, Jemima, who is going through her teenage years during the Revolutionary war. She faces many challenges - one of which is trying to understand how her parents can befriend her tutor, John Reid, who is known as a Tory and has strong ties to England. She faces the challenges of the war, love, friendship and family.
Olivia
Nov 27, 2010 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this back in my teens. Jemima is a young girl during the Revolutionary War. She is being tutored by a family friend who is a tory which infuriates her. As time goes by she stumbles across some information that changes her whole world and how she views it. It's a wonderful book filled with drama and wistfull romance.
emma grace
Really liked it!!! I did feel that the writing was a little undeveloped; some parts seemed a little choppy...the author probably didn't spend a lot of time writing it.

I really did enjoy the story though; Jem and John were so perfect for each other!!!! ;)
AYearOfBooks
My childhood favorite, this book has had a lasting impression on my adult reading habits.
Annette
Jan 22, 2017 Annette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chloe-s-books
Wonderful coming-of-age story that gives you a glimpse into conditions of families living during the Revolutionary War. Jem's family members are divided in their loyalties to England versus the growing resistance that seeks independence. Her family members all seem to be actively involved in advocating their sides, and Jem tries to find her place in all of it. As far as her resistance-supportive parents are concerned, her place is to keep up with her studies, but she despises her tutor John Reid ...more
Lauren
Jan 13, 2017 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm split on this book-I enjoyed the Revolutionary War context, as well as the way that the characters lived during the war-it was very interesting from a historical narrative perspective.

This book was obviously written for teenagers, but it wasn't grating for my adult sensibilities.

The reason I detracted the stars from 5 was because I really couldn't stand the interactions between the characters-especially the romance between John Reid and Jemima Emerson. I found John to be condescending and
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Shelley
I should have realized by the cover that this novel was going to be more about the romance than the history. Not that Rinaldi fudges on her history--it's just as accurate and well-researched as all of her books. But the relationship between Jem and John is too flat and predictable to occupy center stage. I think I might have relished this book when I was younger, but now I'm just old and hard-hearted.
April
Feb 11, 2017 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2017
The fourth star is for nostalgia, because I loved this book in high school.

RH 14 Read a book about war
Amy
Apr 09, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
*This review originally appeared here at Tripping Over Books*

Oh, baby! American Revolution! I love this shizz so hard guys, I don’t know that all of my nerding out could even convey the full breadth of my fascination with it. It’s just an amazing time to me. So when I was wandering around Goodreads, I happened upon some Ann Rinaldi books, and I soon discovered TIME ENOUGH FOR DRUMS, after it was strongly recommended to me by Tara from Hobbitses. I couldn’t get it from my library fast enough. Bec
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Rose
Dec 02, 2014 Rose rated it it was amazing
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Audrey
I found this to be very enjoyable and engaging. The short chapters made it hard to put down; I kept telling myself I'd read just one more chapter! The heroine sometimes did stupid things, such as disobeying her father, but she gets a little better as the novel progresses.

I didn't expect this to be as much of a romance as it was. (view spoiler)
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Annie Twohy
Dec 18, 2016 Annie Twohy rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
Time Enough for Drums follows the life of 16 year old Jemima through her perception of the Revolutionary War. As readers, we see her grow and mature as she endures the hardships during this time. A great read for 6th grade and up while learning about the Revolutionary War.
Kailia
Jun 15, 2010 Kailia rated it really liked it
The first Ann Rinaldi book I have ever read and I loved it. I've always loved Historical Fiction so this was a great find for me.
This book begins in 1775 Trenton, New Jersey with Jem Emerson, our protagonist. From the beginning I can tell she is a head strong, strong willed, feisty girl. But it was also notable that she knew something was going to happen in the future.
As the American Revolution takes full flight, Jem is afraid that her family is going to be torn apart as there is signs of rebell
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Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
I remember reading this book when I was younger, and I just LOVED it. I have always been a historical fiction girl and read tons of it when I was younger. Since I am all about Hamilton the musical right now, I found myself wanting to reread this one as it is set during the Revolutionary War.

Jem isn't an easy character to like at first. She's stubborn as all get out and can be quite childish. There are times when I wanted to shake her because she would say things that proved her immaturity. I th
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Kristy K
I originally read Time Enough for Drums fifteen years a go. I was going through an American Revolution phase, discovered this book at the library and fell in love. I must have read it five or six times in the span of three years. Then, I got busy with other books and genres and this book went to the back of my mind. However, every once in a while, I'd think about it again, but no longer could remember the title or author. Finally, I took to Google and Goodreads and lucked out in rediscovering th ...more
Cathy
Aug 14, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in 7th grade and immediately fell in love with it. I'm not normally one to like historical fiction, but something about this book resonated with me. Throughout my high school years, I returned to re-read this book several times, when college came along, I pushed it to the back of my mind. Fast-forward several years and I was searching through Amazon when I found this book and bought it immediately. I have since re-read several times and find myself going back to this book ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it

Time Enough for Drums

This is another historical book from Ann Rinaldi that deals with the Revolutionary War. Jemina Emerson is 15, a Patriot, and a rather headstrong and opinionated young girl. John Reid, a supposed Tory, is hired to be her tutor, and for a good while things do not go well between them.

Things get more complicated as the town, already split between Tories and Patriots, has to endure armies of both sides coming through the town. The Hessians, fighting on the side of the British, s
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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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