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Sarah's Ground

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Sarah Tracy has spent her entire life under constant supervision, always under the thumb of one older sibling or another. Now, at eighteen, it's time she was married, so she is being sent to dinner parties, plays, teas, soirees, talks, and chaperoned walks -- always accompanied, always watched.Sarah's tired of being shipped around, tired of being reminded that it's time to ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published January 6th 2004)
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Molly Sargen
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sarah's perspective. She was a very mature 18 year old, albeit the situation warranted it. However, I think the ending came together too quickly. I would have enjoyed more details in the aftermath of the climax rather than a brief summary (emphasis on brief). After reading the factual information at the back of the book, I understand why the ending was so compressed, but that does not stop me from wishing it was not. Regardless of this complaint, I find this to be another ...more
Kris Irvin
May 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book is not very good.

It's supposed to be a journal, but there are no dates. It doesn't read like a journal. The characters are all wooden and one sided. I didn't care about Mount Vernon or feel like Sarah was a real heroine. Yeah, skip this one.
Jenn (Booksessed)
I've adored Ann Rinaldi ever since I first discovered her works in 8th grade. She writes fascinating YA history. Sarah's Ground is no exception.

Sarah is a great character. She's a woman who is sick of having her family decide her fate, regardless of whether or not it is tradition. She feels that her family deciding which family member she lives with, or even which man is suitable husband material, is not that different than selling a horse at auction. So Sarah takes matters into her own hands
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was one of my more favorite Rinaldi books. While a fairly straight-forward and simple tale, it is also fascinating, since it is about a brave young woman whom so few people know about. Like all of her books, Rinaldi deftly blends solid historical fact in with her own personal interpretation of the people's thoughts an d feelings. Sarah is a strong young woman who knows her heart and what she wants, and when she is unsure, she doesn't let it show. It could not have been easy maintaining ...more
Rebecca Lewitt
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history-fiction
Different from Rinaldi's early works. But still enthralling. She does such a good job of putting REAL history in. I love how well researched her books are. The story was captivating, as usual. I was sorry it was so short and that it was written in journal form, instead of her more exciting, personal narrative form. However, I saw why she chose that method when I read the afterward--always my favorite portion of a Rinaldi, where she divides the truth from the fiction. Ann Rinaldi helped me fall ...more
Jul 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ann Rinaldi specializes in historical fiction, especially American History. This book was about the caretaker of George Washington's Mount Vernon during the Civil War. It was really interesting because I had never thought about how that particular estate would have been affected by the war. Nice to know someone was watching out for our history. The book was based on the letters Sarah Tracey wrote the head of whatever society (I forget right now what it was called). Too bad all of Sarah Tracey's ...more
Kris Lawrence
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Ann Rinaldi book. It is the story about the protection of Washington's Mt. Vernon home during the Civil War. The house was considered the only "neutral" ground during the war. Sarah Tracy, an 18 year old was sent to run the estate and protect it from ruin, fire, and ransom. I found out she was buried in a small cemetery in Alexandria and after reading the book, I went to visit her grave.
Brighid Hughes
I wish there had been more depth and complexity, but I still really liked it.
(That being said I also wanted to read something that wouldn't take me a while and this took me two days, so...?)
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book, fun protagonist, entertaining Quick read.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it. Skimmed a bit, but it's a nice break from some of my heavy duty reads. Loved her books as a teenager and still find them enjoyable.
May 07, 2008 rated it liked it
In 1861, the American Civil War started. Sarah hadn't planned on taking any part in the war, but by doing just that, not taking part, she actually did make a difference in the lives of her fellow countrymen—both for the North and the South.

Sarah Tracy was eighteen years old and felt like she had no control over her own life. Her whole family was trying to find a suitable husband for her, even though she didn't wish to marry. But the worst part is the fact that all the parties and social outings
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah Tracy is a young girl trying to find her place in life. She is 18, and ends up going to work at Mt. Vernon, the one-time home of George Washington. The place is in a sad state of disrepair, and she, along with others, is working to restore the home and the grounds.

That would be a difficult enough job, but the Civil War is also going on. She makes Mt. Vernon a neutral territory; soldiers from either side can visit, but only under certain conditions. She has to manage that, a bunch of
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
"Sarah's Ground" is the interesting story of a young woman who leaves home to become the caretaker at Mt. Vernon, helping to restore it to its former glory. Through her determination, Mt. Vernon becomes the only neutral ground during the Civil War, and soldiers from both sides came to tour the site, laying down their weapons to do so. Meanwhile, she has a romance with the man in charge of overseeing the project, a very satisfying relationship. Best of all, Sarah really did exist - this is based ...more
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
I wanted to reread this book after visiting Mount Vernon a year or so ago. Unfortunately, it doesn't read as well the second time. I like the fact that Rinaldi steped out of her comfort zone and wrote a story about an older protagonist (18-19) who does not have much interaction with her family members. That said, the plot reads like an outline for a novel and not an actual fleshed out story. The story is about Sarah Tracy, an educated and privileged girl from New York, who gets a job at Mount ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420
This book was very cookie-cutter for me. It tells the story of Sarah who goes to help protect Mount Vernon from raiders during the Civil War. While there she deals with a deceitful family and a new love interest in Upton the man who is helping around Mount Vernon. It doesn't even need to be said how it all ends, you already know. She ends up with Upton despite her families betrayal and everyone is happy that she was brave enough to protect Mount Vernon. I would
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-purchase
I rather enjoyed this small book. Ann Rinaldi is one of my favorite authors. Sarah's Ground takes place at Mount Vernon during the Civil War. As I have been to Mount Vernon I could picture many of the areas and places that were referred to. They tried to keep Mount Vernon as a neutral ground amist conflict between north and south happening all around them. Plus there is a little love story intertwined. Good book.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ann Rinaldi continues to win me over will her strong female characters and real life romances. Sarah is a really strong character and stands up for so many things that she believes in. The story is very simple yet kept me reading. It's very cool that the characters in this book are based on real people and helped give us a glimpse of what life may have been like for them. Definitely recommend.
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is another great Rinaldi book that tells the Sarah who is tired of being sent around to parties to find a suitable husband and becomes the overseer of Mount Vernon. Her struggles and accomplishments to keep Washington's home separate from the ravages of civil war are impressive. She learns to stand on her own ground and be a strong woman in her own right.
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: homeschoolers
Shelves: homeschool, history
This was a good book about the rescue, Gaurdianship and reBuilding of Washingtons homestead/farm during the Civil War. very mild romance. while Historically Based it is not 100% historically acurate. Better I think for Girls than Boys in teaching History. However I would consider this to be a good living Book to use during Teaching of the Civil War.
Jeanette Johnson
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was a very interesting story about the civil war and Washington's house on Mt. Vernon. Sarah was hired to run the household on the estate at Mt. Vernon. The house was considered neutral during the Civil war and was in the process to being renovated. This was a very different perspective from other Civil war stories.
Charity U
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think I enjoyed this one more than the other two Rinaldi books I've read. It's about a young girl who is in charge of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, during the Civil War. It was mostly a story just about her life, with a dash of romance. A fun read. :)
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I like reading Ann Rinaldi books. She writes for the young adult audience. Sarah is based on a true story about a young lady who oversaw Mount Vernon during the Civil War. I learned a few facts I didn't know.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is based on the true story of the people charged to turn Mt. Vernon into a living museum while the Civil War rages around them. I found it fascinating and agreed with the sentiments of both the main characters.
Mar 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Intersting, and nice. Not terribly exciting, but if you are interested in historic preservation, this is a good and quick read. It gave little tidbits of history and knowledge that will hopefully stay with me.
Feb 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Rinaldi fans won't be disappointed in this one, set at Washington's Mount Vernon during the Civil War. Interesting history concerning how Washington's home was protected and defended by both sides in the war.
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Definitely very intriguing and history filled. I love the arc that Ann Rinaldi runs her characters thru. This book is a good read for historical impacts and falling in love slowly. Its main story line is two characters living at Mt. Vernon during the American Civil War.
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great historical novel from Rinaldi. Made me want to learn more about Sarah and Mount Vernon.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really love Mount Vernon. It is one of my most favorite places so I really enjoyed reading this book.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Sarah goes to watch over George Washington's estate with a man a bit older than her. But as their relationship grows can they stay together, or will the estate drive them apart.
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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 ...more
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