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The Reb and the Redcoats

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  245 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
In an interesting turnabout, the Revolutionary War is seen through the eyes of a British family to whom an American prisoner of war has been entrusted. Technically the young prisoner is in Uncle Lawrence's custody, but the children soon forge a forbidden friendship with him after he nearly dies in an attempted escape. He becomes the Reb and they, his Redcoats. But when the ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by Bethlehem Books (first published 1961)
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Sarah Grace
GAHHH! THIS WAS SO AMAZING!!! Real review to come!
Jan 26, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
A nice read. It showed a side of the Revolutionary War that is rarely seen (the English home front) and the characters were warm and lively. A good historical read that I would read again and give to a child of mine someday.
Dec 09, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it
Thank you, Goodreads, for turning this book up on a random list and reminding me I need to collect one of my favorite kids' books from my Dad's house one of these of those shockingly good historical fictions for kids from back in the 50s/60s (too lazy to check). It was fun and exciting, fast-paced and included some genuinely clever twists (the hero should clearly become a lawyer when he gets older). It also contained a layer or two that weren't obvious until I went back to the book a ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Nessy96 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
The first time I read this I was like 13 and I really liked it a lot, so I read it again right way! than I seen it on my book shelf and I was like yeah got to read this again I liked it just as much as the first time. :)
An absolutely wonderful book, during the Revolutionary war, but set in England! I love Constance Savery's work, and this is one of her best!
Cristine Braddy
Dec 14, 2016 Cristine Braddy rated it really liked it
Great historical fiction on the Revolutionary War from the perspective of a British Family. It was a great read aloud and provided lots of great discussion with my son.
Jun 03, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
Another good Bethlehem Book about the Revolutionary War.
Despite the fact that this was probably written for a younger audience, I quite enjoyed it. I first read this when I was much younger and I think I found the story a bit more enthralling back then. It’s still a very good book, though, don’t get me wrong. I liked how sweet and innocent Charlotte was, but I can’t help thinking that a sequel, when she is older, would have been exciting. But I guess the story was tied up neatly enough to not warrant one. At first I found the Reb kind of stuck up and ...more
Feb 17, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it
Obviously Reb and the Recoats takes place during the Revolutionary War, but the setting is in England. The Reb (Randle) is a prisoner of war in a household with four children. The children are nicknamed the Redcoats by the Reb.

The plot has coincidences that are reminiscent of Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre, where things that connect are a little hard to believe but are enjoyable anyway.

There were a few incidents that were obviously contrived to make things later in the book work, which were a litt
Sarah Brazytis
Nov 07, 2014 Sarah Brazytis rated it it was amazing
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We really enjoyed this book by an already favorite author. While not as action packed as her 'Enemy Brothers'(highly recommended!), we found this book very entertaining, and an excellant look at the American Revolution from the British side.
The whole storyline begins with the arrival of a 'captured' American doll in a British household. Enthralled by the toy's lifelike clay features, the eldest daughter of the family adopts it into her family of English dolls. But what about the Face in the Wind
I read this aloud to the kids for school. We all loved it! We couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I don't really know how to give more detail about this book without giving away any spoilers so I'll just say that it's about a captive American patriot who is held in the home of a warm and lively British family during the Revolutionary war. I believed there was a hint of romance in it, but my kids disagreed with me. You'll have to read it and see what you think. It was written in 196 ...more
Theresa Stinnett
This was a really fun story. The plot is definitely aimed at a young audience. It was a bit predictable in areas, and slightly far fetched, but that didn't keep it from being really cute and entertaining. The story shows a fascinating, rarely thought of perspective when it comes to the Revolutionary War. It follows the lives of a British family who have been put in charge of a clever American prisoner of war whose grand plans to escape are foiled time and time again. As he faces a major obstacle ...more
Apr 29, 2016 LuAnn rated it it was amazing
Interesting to see the American Revolution from the British side with actual incident incorporated into this lively, fascinating story of a British family who has charge of a clever young American prisoner determined to escape. The British perspective and the relationship between the rebel prisoner and the British children and their family causes the reader to think about the war from a different angle. The plot is unique, entertaining and intricate without being confusing to young readers. The ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: sy11-12
This was a fabulous book taken from the British perspective of the Revolutionary War. Like Johnny Tremain, it illustrated how much this war was really a civil war and how very much alike the colonists and the British were. I found myself unable to put this book down and always wanting to know what would happen next. The book told well the story of how war takes it's toll on families and communities as well as individuals no matter what side they are on. And yet, it and it's characters remained h ...more
Feb 13, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it
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Jun 11, 2010 AlixJamie rated it it was amazing
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I can't say enough about this book. It is one of my personal favorites and it inspired me to write my own novel.
Before reading this book, I had never considered the idea of an American soldier in England. Whenever you think of the Revolutionary War, you think of the United States and what happened here, not what was going on over there.
Another fine example of Ms. Savery's imaginative plots!
Interesting MG Christian historical read.
Apr 24, 2011 Noelle rated it it was amazing
Such a good story!!!
Kendra Beth
Mar 13, 2008 Kendra Beth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jr. Highers (especially boys)
Recommended to Kendra Beth by: Rachel
It has a lot of interesting Historical facts, mixed in with the romanticism of it. But overall it was quite excellent.
Sep 05, 2007 Sam rated it it was amazing
A book written by the same author of "Enemy Brothers". It's not quite as good as "Enemy Brothers" but still excellent non-the-less. Takes place in England during the Revolutionary War.
Amy Griffith
Sep 22, 2015 Amy Griffith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ao-year-4
Great book about the American Revolution from the British perspective.
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Born in 1897, in All Saints' Vicarage in Froxfield, Wiltshire, Constance Winifred Savery was the daughter of the Rev. John Manly Savery, and his wife, Constance Eleanor Harbord Savery. The family moved to Birmingham when she was nine years old, and Savery was educated there, at King Edward VI High School for Girls. She went on to Somerville College, Oxford, where she studied English, and was in th ...more
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