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Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson

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In the 1700s, women’s responsibilities were primarily child rearing and household duties. But Deborah Sampson wanted more from life. She wanted to read, to travel—and to fight for her country’s independence. When the colonies went to war with the British in 1775, Deborah was intent on being part of the action. Seeing no other option, she disguised herself in a man’s unifor ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
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Rebecca Shieldmaiden
This book was fantastic.
It is amazing how weak and stupid men used to (And sadly some still do) think that us women are when there are countless examples of how equal we are to them as in the story of the brave heroine Deborah Sampson who didn't accept her 'role' in society and did what she wanted to do, fight for her country.
Just reading this book made me mad (Because of the injustices suffered by women), glad (Because of Deborah's spunk and feminist spirit even before the word had been invente
Tara Chevrestt
Deborah Sampson really existed. She was a Massachusetts gal who donned a pair of britches and fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary war. This is a fictional account of her life, parts of it anyway...

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Klass, Sheila Solomon Soldier’s Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson pgs. 215 Henry Holt and Co. Language~G, Sexual Content~PG; Violence~PG-13

“In the 1700s, women's responsibilities were primarily child rearing and household duties. But Deborah Sampson wanted more from life. She wanted to read, to travel—and to fight for her country’s independence.” from front flap

Growing up Deborah Sampson was a head strong girl, always going against convention. It is no surprise that when she turned 18 and was
I read this book in one afternoon, and it was satisfying, even though it was only 200 pages long. I liked Deborah Sampson's narrating voice, except for that little whine of feminism that the author let slip through sometimes. But for the most part, I get it; Deborah Sampson did break the rules by enlisting to be a soldier. Overall it was an enjoyable read.
Deborah Sampson's story is incredible; a woman disguising herself convincingly and becoming a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Hard to fathom, really. I love the time period and her bravery. It is a great story.
I grabbed this book for a quick read as it hasn't circulated and I was debating whether to weed it. The problem for me is it is fictionalized. I want a straight biography. I think that's why it hasn't gone out--- middle schoolers who may be interested in studying Sampson need straigh
Deborah Sampson is one of many women who disguised themselves as men to join the Revolution. In this fictionalized biography, Deborah’s mother gave her away at the age of five, and indentured her as a servant at the age of eight. When Deborah finally escapes at age eighteen, she seeks more freedom than the culture allows women, and starts experimenting with male dress. Eventually, she flees an unwanted suitor and joins the Continental Army, maintaining her deception for well over a year. She par ...more
So, an average woman in the late 1700's with, at the time, inhuman thoughts about joining the army. She eventually does, but not before camouflaging herself as a boy. So does this book fire the musket into the readers favorite section, or will it be sliced in half by the redcoats?

To start off, we get an entry point that has absolutely no effect on the story later. Good job, guys. Basicly, Deborah Sampson, or Robert Schultz (I think. Correct me if I'm wrong)as her boy name, tries to fake her deat
It was a great book that showed true determination and courage in the face of danger. Even though the setting was in 1860's Deborah goes through many trials that we face today, such as equality issues, peer presure, and standing up for yourself. You don't just hear the story, but get to relive the past in another person's shoes. Overall I would say this book was full of adventure, and passion of a girl's heart against slavery.
This is a wonderful story and a factually supported account of the life of Deborah Sampson, who fought in the American Revolution under the boy's name of Robert Shurtliff. She fought with distinction and maintained her secret until the 1783 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia. A doctor discovered her, and sheilded her secret until her recovery. Her superiors were shocked tolearn the truth, and gave her an honorable discharge despite rules against women in the military. The book brings revoluti ...more
I didn't think I would like this book very much as I am much more of a fiction reader and don't care much about history. However, I picked out this book and couldn't put it down, and it only took me a few hours to read. Very intriguing and understandable.
The story of Deborah Sampson is quite interesting but I didn't feel like this novel told it in an especially compelling way. Would recommend it to devoted fans of historical fiction but probably won't draw in kids who do not already like the genre.
There was a book about Deborah Sampson that I read a lot as a child, so when I saw there was a new book about her that was getting good reviews, I knew I had to check it out.

I was not disappointed at all; this is an engrossing, well-balanced book, which, though written for a younger audience, is still extremely enjoyable for adults. I never once was bored, nor did I ever feel like the book was talking down to me. The author is honest and forthright about war and the sorts of people who were figh
My 6th grader and I read this together as part of his Revolutionary War history study. It's based on a real historical figure so that made it even more interesting. There are some references to womanly functions (periods) and a couple to sex, but nothing direct and in your face. It gave nice accounting of a young woman who disguised herself as a man in order to join the Patriot army. There's not a huge amount of information about the war itself, but it did give some insight into life during that ...more
I could not fall in love with this novel, but I was compelled by Deborah Sampson's story. Sampson fought in the Continental army during the American Revolution for 17 months before anyone realized that she was a woman in disguise. She was noted for her bravery and given an honorable discharge. That's crazy, and this is the first time I had ever heard about it. Klass sets up the novel well and explains all those things you would wonder about a woman hiding in an army unit: bathing, urination, and ...more
This enjoyable historical fiction novel creates a possible story and details for the period of Deborah Sampson's Revolutionary War enlistment. (Deborah Sampson was a real person, but most known details of her life are before and after her military service.) At the age of 21, and disguised as a man, she enlists in the army. The novel celebrates the women who fought in the war in disguise, and shows some of the possible struggles they might have gone through to maintain their secrets. It also crea ...more
This book was one of the only historical fiction book I've read. This is a great story in the time of the American Revolution. This books main character is an empowering woman, Deborah Sampson. She wanted more out of life than just washing clothes and taking care of the house. So she runs away and joins the Continental Army under the name Robert Shurfliff. She disguises herself as a man to fight for her country. This book to me was a great book and showed that women can do just as much as men.
Soldier’s Secret is based on the life of Deborah Sampson, a real, but often forgotten heroine of American History. It’s 1783 and Deborah Sampson has just earned her freedom from indentured servitude. Inspired to support the rebel cause, she disguises herself as a man and enlists in the Continental Army. Full of action, romance, and suspense, Soldier’s Secret is an exhilarating story that both genders age twelve and older will enjoy.
Shiralea Woodhouse
Wow - a really cool fictionalized true story of a heroine of the Revolutionary War...that's right, a heroINE. Deborah Sampson, after being an indentured servant for 10 years, disguised herself as a young man and signed up as a soldier and served her new-born country well. This is really a well written and interesting story told in her own voice (as imagined by the author, of course.) :)
This is a look at a woman fighting in the Revolution, not the Civil War, which intrigued me. Based on a true story, Deborah Sampson chose to dress as a man and served in the army for almost two years, and was given an honorable discharge under her assumed name, even though she had been discovered when she contracted yellow fever and a doctor found out when checking for a heartbeat.
I read a book that I recall being titled Deborah when I was in middle school. I must have read it a half dozen times, I liked it so much. When I was looking for Deborah, I didn't find that title anywhere, but chose this version of her story.

It's a very good book, but definitely not the one I read when I was in middle school. This is more for a high school student.
This was an interesting biographical fiction. These stories of women dressing up as men to fight in the war always fascinate me, but for some reason this one took me awhile to read. I don't know if it was the writing or me because the story was good and interesting but it just didn’t hold me it was to easy to put down. I would recommend it to young readers.
I really enjoyed this one. I read it in a few hours and then quickly passed it on to my mother who read it just as fast. It was written well enough to make you believe that every aspect was real, not just the basic storyline. I loved Deborah's sarcastic voice at the first and how she matured by the end. Simple yet heart wrenching it left me wanting more.
Every since I wrote my first elementary school essay on Molly Pitcher, the idea of women having to pretend to be men to fight in wars has fascinated me. I really enjoyed this book. I had to wait forever to get it from the library and when it finally came, Lena and I read it in two nights. I really loved the language and point of view in this one.
This is a nice creative nonfiction that tells the story of Deborah Sampson, a "throw-away" child in the late 1700s who decides to join the Revolutionary War, disguised as a male soldier. I found the historical information interesting but I wasn't incredibly attached or emotionally invested in the characters.
I really liked this historical fiction novel of the life of Deborah Sampson, a young woman who disguised herself and fought as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. It is told in a 1st person narrative which makes it very engaging. A section at the back tells the reader what is actually known about Sampson's life.
This is a librarian's kind of book. Like "Catherine, called Birdy", it's a well-done historical fiction with a strong female central character, but set during the American Revolution. I really liked it because it's my kind of book, but it's not going to catch reluctant readers of either gender
Shayla Miller
This exciting story engages readers in the true details of Deborah Sampson- a woman who fought in the American Revolution. Open your students' eyes to the perspective of woman and their impact on the war. While engaging, it also has accurate details about the American Revolution.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
I didn't like this that much over all, but somehow it still pulled me in during part of it. But then I didn't feel very satisfied in the characters in the end, I guess because it focused on the LIFE of Deborah Sampson, not the emotions and thoughts or any real character.
If you like historical fiction about brave women who overcome obstacle after obstacle and persevere to become their own person, you will enjoy this book about Deborah, who at age 21 disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War.
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SHEILA SOLOMON KLASS has been writing fiction for young adults for nearly five decades. Her books include The Uncivil War; Shooting Star: A Novel About Annie Oakley; and Little Women Next Door. Ms. Klass lives in New York City.
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