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Sarah Bishop

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,691 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother, who take opposite sides in the War of Independence, Sarah Bishop flees from the British who seek to arrest her and struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 17th 1980 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1980)
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Jul 07, 2013 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Bishop is a young girl who has no interest in the coming American Revolutionary War. However, this is not how her father and her brother feel. Her father is a Loyalist, siding with the British, and her brother, is a Patriot. Her brother leaves the house, and soon, her father is tarred and feathered. Sarah realizes that she must leave. She then goes to New York City to try to find her brother, but the British wrongly accuse Sarah of a crime and so Sarah escapes into the wilderness. The rest ...more
Ruth Sophia
A different perspective on the Revolutionary War

This is a difficult book for me to review. I liked that it was about a character who was neither pro- nor anti- Independence, instead she despised the war simply because of how it entirely disrupted her life (view spoiler) I enjoyed the book and her fortitude. You don't get "in her head" much, but O'Dell still communicates her conflicting emotions, partic
Mar 31, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What can one do when caught between warring parties in a fight that has little to do with oneself? What is a teenaged girl like Sarah Bishop supposed to do in the dawning days of the American Revolution, personally not believing or caring about the political differences between Whigs and Tories, but nonetheless wrapped up in their drama against her own will?

Novels about the circumstances and characters—both real and fictional—of the Revolutionary War are not scarce, but Sarah Bishop sort of he
Mar 25, 2010 Grace rated it it was ok
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April Brown
Jun 04, 2013 April Brown rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, teen
What ages would I recommend it too? – Fifteen and up.

Length? – Most of a day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – New England during the Revolutionary War.

Written approximately? – 1980.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Nightmares. Almost rape of the main character and unnecessary violence that doesn't lend to the plot.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? A few notes about the war, time frame and witch hunts. Finish the sto
Jan 09, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the story line, but I felt like the author only told you what Sarah was doing and saying but not what she was thinking and feeling. I didn't connect with her until much later in the book, and even then she felt distant. Other than that, which involves the writer and not the story so much, I really liked the book. I like the way she changed, from an eye for an eye to forgive others their trespasses. I think deep down she was always like that, but she was hurt and angry and didn't want to ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Jin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 15, 2015 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am so very glad that I was never made to read this book during elementary school. The idea behind the story is excellent. That's about it. The plot meanders, story lines are left unresolved, and there is no historical note at the end to tell the reader about the 'real' Sarah Bishop (a lady hermit living in New York State in the Early Republic period). Sarah herself is a plucky heroine who lives off the land. She is surprisingly underdeveloped emotionally for a main character. Is this one of O' ...more
Mel Foster
Dec 09, 2015 Mel Foster rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in outcasts, wilderness survival stories, effects of war,
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Kathy Spada
Jun 29, 2014 Kathy Spada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed the plot and characters of this historical Revolutionary War novel it is not one of Scott O'Dell's strongest work. The protagonist Sarah Bishop suffers tragedy and is running from the British, falsely accused of a crime.
She escapes from Long Island and finds a cave to settle down in with her musket. She survives and the section describing her attempt to create a door and a dug out reminded me of "Island of the Blue Dolphin." She has a white bat who dwells in the cave and rescu
Candi Stephenson
I remember liking "Island of the Blue Dolphins" so I picked this one up from a "free" pile at the library. I like how it was written and the independence/tenacity of the main character, but the book just stops and you're left wondering where the ending real closure, just a lot of hinting.
Aug 12, 2009 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved O'dell since I read Island of the Blue Dolphins forever ago. He doesn't dissapoint here as he tells the true story of the real Sarah Bishop during the Revolutionary War. Very well written. I did wish that he had an afterward to tell us about what happened to Sarah Bishop after this book ends.
Aug 01, 2007 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young girls
Shelves: youngadult
i think this was my favorite scott o'dell book. i immediately favored it because of our shared name, but she kicked ass! the book was so violent, but sarah learns how to take care of herself, gets a gun and runs away to some caves. this takes place around the revolutionary war.
Sep 12, 2015 Jacob rated it liked it
Good writing, good story. Reminds us that the "glory" of the Revolutionary War was not such for all. Sarah Bishop is the daughter of a man who is for the King, while her brother goes to fight for the Revolutionaries. They both die ingloriously, leaving a young, distraught Sarah to fend for herself. She comes to eschew the company of men and makes a home for herself in the wild. She eventually starts to engage with humanity again and then... the story abruptly ends. I still plan to use it for my ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Bishop is a young teen girl who lives in the time period of the Revolutionary War. Her father is a soft-spoken Patriot for King George, and her brother somehow became a Tory. Sarah doesn't particularly take either side; she just wants to be far away from the war.

As events play out, Sarah is all alone, with only the animals in the woods to be her friends (and some animals are her enemies). She learns to survive somehow by herself, always afraid of the British soldiers coming to take her to
Aug 07, 2010 Tahleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
Sarah Bishop is a 15-year-old girl caught in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Not for one side or the other, she is full of anger at the deaths she has had to endure and the war that caused them. Alone, she sets off as there is nothing left for her at her farm on Long Island. But she is soon accused of a crime she didn't commit and, on the run, decides to survive in the wilderness with nothing but her musket for company. Sarah decides that she will create her own fate.

This is a war story, a
Laura Verret
Sarah Bishop’s father is a Tory. He believes that King George is the rightful ruler of the American colonies. Sarah is neither Tory nor Patriot – she just wants to live and knows that danger is imminent for those in the colonies who remain loyal to the King.

And then, her brother Chad signs up with the patriots. He plans to fight the very King her father loves so dearly. Things only get worse from then – a band of marauders sets fire to their house and barn and tar and feather her father. Within
Sep 11, 2009 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids from 4th grade on up to adults
This was another book that my son read for his book reports in 5th grade. He had to cover many genre's this past year, this book was read for his Newberry Winner report.
I really didn't have a lot of hope for this book. But I do like Scott O'Dell and decided to give it a try. I was in for a surprise, this book was really, really good. I enjoyed it very much and was sad when the story ended.
Sarah Bishop was a young teen at the time of the revolutionary war and having already lost her mother now
Mar 23, 2009 Christy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book is about a young girl named Sarah Bishop. After her father and brother are killed in the war, she has to fend for herself. By fighting for her life, she goes through many adventures that turn her life upside down.

The writer brings the setting to life through the inclusion of authentic details that do not overwhelm the story. The details that the story provides, such as saying about the war, makes the story. If it weren't for these details, the reader wouldn't understand all that Sarah
This book has traveled with me for 20 years after I originally read it, not because it was a favorite, but because it was by a favorite author. I thought this was one less likely to stand the test of time, but more likely to surprise me. And now I think it is pretty good, but not fantastic. Set in the early days of the Revolutionary War on Long Island (aka Brooklyn), the first 75% of the book mirror Island of the Blue Dolphins in a lot of surprising ways. Our heroine's mother is absent, father d ...more

O'Dell's YA novel about Sarah Bishop, an English-Colonial girl caught between both sides of the American Revolution, holds the reader's interest from the start. Throughout 41 short chapters with extensive dialogue we share Sarah's shock and dismay as her world is uprooted by dangerous men with fervent principles--and a few who lack principles entirely. Neither patriots nor loyalists behave honorably, while British "justice" in the New World proves a mo
Jan 22, 2011 Nazik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place during the Revolutionary war. Sarah, a fifteen year old girl, lived on a small farm with her father and older brother Chad. Sarah's father was a Tory and her brother was a Patriot. Sarah was neither; she just wanted peace. Chad disobeyed his father and enlisted to fight in the war, along with his friends. While Chad was gone, the Patriots knew that Sarah's father was a Tory so they burned Sarah's house down. Sarah and her father were left homeless. The next day Sarah's fat ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Soseh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My uncle is the one who recommended this book to me since he saw that I had read the book 'My Brother Sam Is Dead'. It is a very similar book. I liked although there was no real emotion at all. The book was about a girl named Sarah Bishop. Her brother went off to the military and died there on a prison ship. Her father got tarred and died because he was speaking his mind and saying what he thought was right. Throughout the entire book, Sarah has no emotions about anything. She sobs once for her ...more
I chose this book for extra credit for history class, so i though i would use it for good reads also. This is the story about a girls family almost like the family in My Brother Sam is Dead. Her father is a loyalist and her brothers a patriot and he goes to fight in the revoulutionary war. She finds out that the patriots found out that her father is a loyalist and they are going to come after her. She runs away to start her own life in hiding until the war comes to and end. "Negress wanted! Five ...more
Zachary Weber
Okay, I for one really enjoy historical fiction. It is a genre that can be about any event in history, and this genre can have action,suspense, romance and multiple other moods to it, but in this book I really only felt one mood: boredom. This book about a little girl in the Revolutionary War was extremely boring, and I did not like it when I read it in fifth grade.
Apr 01, 2016 Jackie rated it liked it
The vocabulary is a little different, ancient and that makes for slower reading. The story also moves along quit fast and deals with many developments. As this is the first of Mr O'Dell's books that I read, it might be the only one that has religion or faith in it, but I expect to find more of it in his other books.
Jun 04, 2012 Jacki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book two times over in 5th grade. It's one of the few historical fiction books that I can look back on with fond memories. Normally historical fiction just leaves me confused about reality and annoyed at the mixing of truth and falsehood. And sometimes it leaves me piping angry at the obvious bias of the author trying to tell someone else's story.

But Scott O'Dell did a good job with this book. I learned a lot of historical tidbits from it, gained an inside perspective of the time pe
Jan 06, 2010 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely not a book that I would read again or recommend to others. Following a girl who is living during the Revolutionary War, the reader gets to follow her life as she struggles to stay away from the British. When Sarah's house is burned down with her father inside of it and her brother dies from being held in jail, she is struck with the knowledge that she is now an orphan. Not wanting to deal with her loss and the war going on around her, Sarah flees and comes upon a cave in ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dena Lawrence
Shelves: fiction-ya
I enjoyed this quick-read YA novel and all the interesting detail. Sarah's character never really grabbed me, but the plot and setting definitely kept me reading. However, and this is a BIG however, this was based on a true story, yet there's really no resolution whatsoever. I don't always need a plot to have all the loose ends neatly tied, but it was strange to leave Sarah just the same as she was halfway through the book. This barely merits a "3" rating, but O'Dell writes well. I just wanted m ...more
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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19 ...more
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