Oct 24, 09
Recommended to Ivy by:
Anyone interested in the American Revolution
Read in October, 2009, read count: 1
This is probably the best historical fiction book I've ever read.
I am not a historical fiction person. Generally, I think it's dumb to make up imaginary people to explain a historical event.
But this was different. Ann Rinaldi did her research, and found real people to tell the point of view of the story from. It was really interesting!
This story is told during the Revolutionary War, from the point of view of Mary Cooper, a Patriot who has been sent from her Loyalist family to live with her cousin and aunt, Mary and Temperance (Tempe) Wick. American soldiers under General Wayne have been allowed to camp for the winter on the Wick farm, and Mary is immersed in soldier life, avoiding her cousin Tempe, who has changed into a bitter young woman in the war. Life for the soldiers this winter is hard, especially for the women and children who have followed their men to camp.
People are talking of mutiny, and their leader, Billy Bowzar, wants Tempe's horse.
This book was amazing!