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The Coffin Quilt: The Feud Between the Hatfields and the McCoys

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,101 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
Teenager Fanny McCoy grows up in the midst of a longstanding neighborhood war in this novel that brings to life the archetypal American family feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys — a legendary episode in history.

"Rinaldi's books are always impeccably researched, vividly detailed, and filled with very human characters; they are also about something that matters. Here
School market edition, 228 pages
Published (first published September 20th 1999)
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Tamela Rich While there is no explicit sex, it is implied in that there is an out-of-wedlock birth.

No cussing of the kind we do in this century—1800's level…more
While there is no explicit sex, it is implied in that there is an out-of-wedlock birth.

No cussing of the kind we do in this century—1800's level cussing, like the occasional "damn."

I would have been the ideal reader for it in fifth and sixth grade, but I was mature. It's a super book for middle grades and up. (less)
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Oct 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was well-written but it was not to my taste. It is historical fiction about the family feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. And frankly- the characters are not nice people so I did not enjoy reading about them. The narrator is the youngest daughter in a McCoy family and she adds a little bit of hope. But overall I just didn't like the book. I think I've figured out that I would rather read factual accounts vs fiction when it comes to unpleasant accounts because I do not get enjoy ...more
Angie Lisle
I gave this book two stars because the topic interests me.

I'm from WV. The author relies on cliches and stereotypes for her characters. I did feel offended at times and I'm not a person who feels that way often.

Rinaldi failed to grasp a good understanding of "Mountainese" - or that there are several dialects of it. The few times she did attempt a dialect, it was one that could've came from anywhere. Her use of this false Appalachian dialect was also inconsistent. Needless to say, this made it
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, especially since I am living very near where the feud took place (though the raids and killings have long ago stopped). I had never considered the idea that the Civil War conditioned men to believe it was okay to fight brother-against-brother and could be considered a catalyst for feuds such as this. Especially since the men who fought from West Virginia were on one side of the war to begin with (with the south) and came home to find out they had really been fighting for the no ...more
I saw this sitting on the bookshelf in my coworker's classroom the other day and picked it up, despite never having heard of it before then. I've read a couple other Ann Rinaldi books, but this one particularly seemed interesting because it is about the Hatfield-McCoy feud, which is pretty fascinating. It ended up being a quick and interesting read.

I love when I read historical fiction and it makes me want to go spend hours doing research to learn more about the book's topic. Case in point here
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review Alexis Milbee
Introduction: The Coffin Quilt tells about life of the McCoy’s during the time of the Hatfield and McCoy feud from the point of view of Fanny McCoy, the youngest of the McCoy children. It all started with the dispute over the ownership of a few pigs, and ever since that day in 1878, the McCoy’s and Hatfield’s loathing for each other did not extinguish, but has grown.
About the book: The Coffin Quilt is a book that will not leave you disappointed. This morbid tale of ha
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most famous feuds in American history, the Hatfield and McCoy’s, is well represented and well enriched by a talented author, Ann Rinaldi. In this tragic tale, two star-crossed lovers are broken and consumed by hatred from the prying eyes of their forgotten family members. Furthermore, Roseanna McCoy, daughter of leader, Randolph McCoy, unexpectedly falls for Johnse Hatfield, fueling the feud even more then before. The McCoy’s did not approve of “Ro’s” affection for Johnse. Blinded by ...more
Tom Hooker
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rinaldi's fictional account of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, told from the POV of young Fanny McCoy, as she ages from seven to sixteen. Powerful account of how family bonding and vigilante justice can result in a war just as deadly as one between two countries, instead of two famiies. When the beautiful Roseanna McCoy runs away with the handsom Johnse Hatfield, everybody gets upset. Then Johnse's father, family patriarch "Devil Anse" Hatfield, forbids their wedding. Roseanna continues to live with Jo ...more
Dec 23, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A morbrid tale of death is all this is, represented in a coffin quilt. Near everyone dies, and all anyone can put the blame at is the other persons feet. Not decent, not seemly, and not a very good book.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is great. The writing isn't. The first two pages were stuffed with colloquialisms and an attempt to capture Appalachian language with such phrases as "fair hand", "middling well", "recollect". The stereotypes only get worse, a Primitive Baptist mother who prays all the time, a brother who uses copper for his stills, a well-meaning school teacher and a prostitute named, of all things, "Belle Beaver". I reckon I cain't stand this kind of characterization. It's a vexation to me. They's far ...more
Princess Katie
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit sad, but good, fairy clean read. I think the author did a good job retelling the story of these two families feud.
Kaitlyn Pickering
Such a good book!! I wish I would have read this ages ago. It’s so crazy how bad and brutal this feud was. So happy to the know the actual story.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. 'The Coffin Quilt: The Feud Between the Hatfields and the McCoys' by author Ann Rinaldi is intended as a young readers historical fiction novel based off of the true events of the infamous Hatfields and McCoys family feud. Only this time there is no Richard Dawson there to crack jokes and make the story enjoyable.

Young Fanny McCoy grows up knowing nothing but violence and hatred as the youngest daughter of the McCoy family. Her family has been in a literal war with another family, the Hatfi
This is another enjoyable book by Ann Rinaldi. I really like her style of historical fiction writing. It is clear she spends a lot of time researching so that you can really learn something about history but the characters are still strong with enough details filled in to make it interesting. Her books usually have a clear theme running through them, instead of many smaller ones. And she almost always has strong female protagonists.

The Coffin Quilt is about the feud between the Hatfields and McC
Havebooks Willread
The Coffin Quilt was an interesting take on the Hatfield and McCoy feud told from the perspective of Fanny, the youngest of the 14 McCoy children. It was a quick, easy read for our first day of summer break while the kids played and I had some back issues getting me down.

I enjoyed the colloquialisms scattered throughout the story such as:
--"Don't ever be pushed into a promise. Say you'll study on it." (86)
--"made everybody nervous as an ugly girl at a box-supper auction" (143)

I thought it was in
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How often have I made the comment about people fighting like Hatfields and McCoys? I had no idea what I was talking about, until I read this book. The narrator, Fanny is a young McCoy girl who sees and experiences things no child should. Her favorite older sister develops a relationship with a Hatfied boy and starts making a "coffin quilt" a Hatfied tradition. Each family member's name is captured on a coffin on the outside of the quilt and is moved to the middle when they die. Fanny tells us ab ...more
Oct 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like historical fiction
In the book The Coffin Quilt, there is a feud between the Hatfields ,and the McCoys. Fanny, the little girl that was a Hatfield, was scared of the many things that could happen to her. There is a thing called yeller that lives in the woods, many people try to hunt it, but it is just too fast. No one has ever seen this yeller and Fanny sees it, but it is standing still. Yeller comes to warn Fanny of bad things that happen. Fanny has a sister that falls in love with a McCoy . Fanny’s father gets ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great book by Ann Rinaldi. In telling the story of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, she uses the voice of Fanny McCoy, the youngest of the McCoy children, whose entire childhood was taken up by and destroyed by the feud. When she was born in 1873, tensions were already high, and renewed over a theft when Fanny was five. Two years later, when Fanny's favorite sister, Roseanna, has an affair with a Hatfield, tensions explode. Over the next ten years, Fanny loses numerous family members to ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This book was excellent. The feud is the background to the story of young Roseanna McCoy who meets and falls in love with Johnse Hatfield. It is told by Fanny McCoy who understand the futility of the feud an its terrible impact on everyone.

The tragedy of the relationship is made more poignant because of the coffin quilt Roseanna works on to preserve the memory of family who are killed over the feud. Coffin quilts were made in the Appalachian Mountains and contained a graveyard in the center of
Mar 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in Grangerfords and Shepherdsons
Shelves: ya, 2008
Knowing that the feuds satirized in Huck Finn are based off of the Hatfields and McCoys makes me interested to know more about the real feuds.

When I first picked it up to read a couple of years ago, I was overwhelmed by the all the names of the McCoy children, but I just let them by this time and after a bit I knew who was who.

It was a fast read. I read it in my spare time in two days pretty much in two sittings.

I learned a lot about this particular even in history, about which I knew pretty
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Emily Nicole

Final Review:
I recommend this book if anyone loves love stories, killings, history stories; then you would love this book.
This book is about a girl named Fanny McCoy; she has lived in fear ever since 1878 when a dispute with the Hatfields over the stealing of a few pigs set her family on a path of hatred and revenge. The feud was along West Virginia-Kentucky line.When Fanny's sister Roseanna runs off with Johnse Hatfield, the hatred between the two families explodes. As
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the coffin quilt because it is an informative book that provides wholesome and useful information of the feud, families, and the psychology behind the feuding. i was also pleasently surprised with the accuracy portrayed throughout the book and the mini series on t.v. Ann Rinaldi also does an extremely good job in her descriptions of not onl;y the feud but also the scenery of the battling and the emotional affects it had on each character.

It was fun to read the dialects in the book
The Coffin Quilt , was about a quilt that the family had for generations after generations. For every death in the family they would stitch a coffin into the quilt. There were several people in the family, but the main character was Fanny. She was a really nice girl and always tried to help everyone, but her sister, Alifair, on the other hand, was a very rude and obnoxious girl. A lot of things happened in the family. A lot of things in the book involve things between the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. ...more
I am writing about the book named the “Coffin Quilt” by Anne Renaldi. This famous book introduces to viewers information about the Hatfield and McCoy feud in the late 1800’s. This book well describes events that have happened in WV history. For the book, my interest was low. Most of the time spent on the book was generally just about Roseanna and how she and Johnse were doing. Nearly all of the hatred in this novel is based on Roseanna and her wrong-doing. I would have to say my favorite part of ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This juvenile historical fiction book helped me understand a little bit behind the "Hatfield/McCoy" feud. Did I spell that right? I still don't know how to spell check on these reviews...Anyhow, the book is from the perspective of the youngest McCoy daughter. Interesting times, interesting families, interesting love story that started it all...The romance between Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy and the illegitimate daughter that was born brought the family feud to a head. (The guy was a jerk ...more
Heather Salsbury
I felt compelled to finish this book as Fanny took me through years of fears and toutures. Living a life I couldn't imagine, knowing more than any young girl should. More responsibilities and mature thoughts then should need be. I can relate to her in many ways, but I would never hope to face the same chanlenges she did. Through the fighting between the Hatfields and Mcoys to the fighting in thier own families, this was a trecherous time. I would recomend this book to history person, or someone ...more
Patrick Davis Davis Davis
I thought the Coffin Quilt by Anne Rinaldi was a very impressive and informative book. Often times, I felt like I was being taken on a trip through the Appalachian Mountains alongside Fanny McCoy as we struggled to end the extreme and terrible fighting between the Hatfields and the McCoys. However, I sometimes felt like she was getting a little carried away with the mentioning of “yeller thing.” I think everyone knew that it was a made-up character and should never have been written in the book. ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just might start liking historical fiction! It was difficult to get used to the dialect used throughout this book, but the story was interesting enough to keep me hooked. I never knew much about the Hatfield/McCoy feud until this book. Life was so rough back then already, it's a shame that so many lives were lost between the two families. Pick up this book if you want to know more about this small, yet memorable, piece of American history.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this 3 stars but I definitely feel that if I didn't have to do all the schoolwork that goes along with this book id enjoy it more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew, this was a heavy one! "The Coffin Quilt" had some very interesting characters, and scenes, but man, was it sad! A lot people look back on the Hatfield/McCoy clan as kind of a joke, but this book reminded me how tragic it all really was. The whole thing is just a couple millennium away from being a full fledged Greek tragedy. But, I really, really enjoyed this book, and if you're a fan of historical fiction or of Ann Rinaldi, I would definitely recommend it. I will say though, as someone bo ...more
Cathy Pierce
We had just seen the outdoor drama of the Hatfield and McCoys so I wanted to read this book. Roseanna McCoy made a quilt with coffins for each family member around the border. When a person died, she moved the coffin with their name on it to the center of the quilt. This was disturbing for other family members. This book followed very closely what I had learned about the feuding families. It is told from the perspective of Fanny McCoy the youngest daughter.
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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 lis ...more
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