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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,132 ratings  ·  288 reviews
A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355--a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War--perfect for fans of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and the novels of Julie Berry.

Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, until a shipwreck off her home in Grand Bahama Island presen
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Elizabeth King This book is definitely not slow. It's more action-paced. As a fan of historical, some parts of it were not slow enough for me! I wanted more details …moreThis book is definitely not slow. It's more action-paced. As a fan of historical, some parts of it were not slow enough for me! I wanted more details on some parts lol.(less)
Ophelia No, the character's mother is of Spanish descent and her father was British. …moreNo, the character's mother is of Spanish descent and her father was British. (less)

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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
“I find the sea to be devastatingly powerful, enthrallingly beautiful, and fathomless in scope.” (c)
I can't help feeling that the setting is very off.

Historically: what, the only known known is that at some point there was some lady spy? That's the whole basis for this fiction? Huh.
A girl diver wearing trousers in public in 1776? Really?

Culturally: An Island girl impostor? What Island?
What about that ladies made sure to have light unsunburned skin? How did the girl get herself one of those
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Loved this ♡♡♡ 4.5 stars

7 Fathoms Deep!

Rebel Spy is such a cozy and unputdownable YA read. From the beautiful cover to the unique story it is filled with friendship, dares and a bit of romance during the Revolutionary War. Mainly a character-driven novel more so than historical, the events of the war provide ample padding for this unique plot to unfold. One, in which a simple girl from the Bahamas, ends up a Rebel Spy among the high society in New York City.

Frannie Tasker is a water baby and is
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
Rebel Spy follows Frannie as she assumes the identity of a loyalist young woman during the Revolutionary War in an attempt to escape her abusive step-father.
I really enjoyed the descriptive writing that Veronica Rossi utilized in the novel. Frannie has a very imaginative mind that pairs with the writing style so well. Frannie used this imagination throughout the book to help her temporarily transport herself away from the hardships she went through.
Frannie is a very strong and independent char
“During the American Revolution, General George Washington employed a ring of spies in and around New York City, the headquarters for the British war effort in North America. These spies identified themselves in their letters by code numbers. One was known as “355,” which stood for “lady.” To date, her true identity remains unknown.” This story imagines such incredible young woman of courageous spirit.

Grand Bahama Island, 1776. Fifteen year old Francisca Tasker suffers the loss of her mother. N
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

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This is an ok historical fiction about the mysterious Agent 355 - the famous "lady" spy who passes information to George Washington's Culper spy ring.

Frannie Tasker is a young girl in the Grand Bahama Islands. Her mother died and she is left in the custody of her drunken, lecherous step-father. When Frannie discovers the body of a young women, Emmaline Coates, floating off the coast, she assumes the girl's identify and
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Rebel Spy was addictive and completely enchanted me. With blackmail, friendship lies, trust and honor floating across the pages, I fell in love with this story. This was the first historical fiction I've read and I'm hooked and will be looking for more in this genre! I loved how the story slowly unfolded. It was thick, rich and mesmerizing. So if you're a fan of historical fiction with a dash of romance, then you'll definitely want to add this one to your tbr!
I had only myself to
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2019
When I found out that the setting for the story is American Revolutionary War, I was very intriqued - I've never read a historical fiction set in that period of time. Sadly, my excitement fell flat - just like the story did. The potential was there, but Rebel Spy 355 lacked in building tension and plot twists - at first I was interested in what will Frannie do or how she will act in certain situations (I liked her sassiness in the beginning a lot!), but the more I read, the less I cared about he ...more
Jaime Arkin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, 2020
I am a self-admitted, unapologetic history nerd and love reading about the Revolutionary War. Before reading the summary to this book, I hadn’t heard about Agent 355 but I was immediately intrigued as soon as I did and so excited that Rossi decided to explore it!

After falling down the rabbit hole that is a good google search and adding a ton of books that Rossi mentions in the acknowledgments to my TBR pile, I dove into this story and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Admittedly for me, the beginning of t
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
Gah! How to put my feelings into words on this one.

I LOVED this story. Rebel Spy follows ”355”, a young woman who uses her position in high society in NYC to spy for the “rebels” during the American Revolution. It’s based on a true story though the identity of 355 remains unknown. The American Revolution is a fascinating time in history and I haven’t read enough historical fiction during that period.

I think what’s holding me up is personal preference but I REALLY wish this book had been an adult
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Full review to come.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although this got very dark and heavy in places (as well it ought, being set during a war), the story is fascinating and Rossi does a beautiful job blending truth and fiction and, even better, creating a heroine who really lives both on and off the page.
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on My Bookish Escapades.

"I sank into a deep curtsy.
Then I rose, a lady."

I have to be honest, YA historical fiction is not the kind of genre I often find myself reading. I'm pretty sure I could count on one hand the number of books I've read that fall into this category.

But when I had the chance to read Rebel Spy I just knew I had to give this book a shot. The cover looks AMAZING (I cannot stop staring!) and the premise really intrigued me. I know next to nothing about
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arcs
Rebel Spy was such an interesting story that made me want to do research on a topic that never came to my mind until I read this book and the author's note. Rebel Spy is set in 1776 and follows a young girl Frannie as she takes the life of a Miss Emmeline Coates and pretends to be her when Emmeline died in a naval accident. She does it to run away from her abusive step-father who intends to take her as his new-wife after her mother's death. Obviously, Frannie is willing to do about anything to g ...more
*Source* Library
*Genre* Historical / Fiction
*Rating* 4.0


Veronica Rossi's Rebel Spy is a historical reimagining of the story behind Agent 355—a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. This story takes place between August 1776 and July 1980. Story locations include the Grand Bahamas and 18th century New York City. Frannie Tasker is a water baby and island girl from the Grand Bahamas. After the death of her parents, she is left with her alcoholic
Jun 23, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new
Happy release day! I need more historical books that aren't about the plague. ...more
Lisa Mandina
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first thought on how to describe this book is just, wow. It was so good. The history in it reminds me of the Seeds of America series by Laurie Halse Anderson. It brings to mind a time that we don’t always learn about as much as we think we did in school. At least I know there are things about the Revolutionary War that I never thought about, even though I’m sure it was pretty obvious. But like the Anderson series, this reminded me about how slavery was still something going on in this time, i ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Rossi's Under the Never Sky series, so I was excited and curious to see how REBEL SPY, her first foray into the world of historical fiction, would go. Spoiler alert—it went well! Rossi did a lot of research about the Revolutionary War, especially how it affected New York City, and it shows. The historical details were intriguing and really made the setting come alive. The main characters are a likable lot. Frannie/Emmeline is a sympathetic heroine, who is easy to like and cheer on. Altho ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
After a plethora of WW II female spy novels, this trip back with a female Revolutionary War spy was refreshing. Espionage looks so different in every situation, the only common denominator is courage and conviction.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: c-a-r-ideas
This is a tough book for me to review. This was my first foray into colonial-era historical fiction, and I came to realize very quickly that I don't think it's the genre for me. (Note: I read this book as part of the Once Upon a Book Club Box. That experience helped save some of my personal enjoyment with this book.)

On to the review:

The book itself is absolutely fine, especially as a young adult book. The characters were fairly diverse, given the time period, and I thought a few of the character
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Rebel Spy tells the story of the unknown Agent 355, who was instrumental in aiding the fight for independence during the American War of Independence. Francisca Tasker is struggling with her grief following her late mother's death, and trying to stay safe with her wicked step father, Sewel, in Grand Bahama. After he attempts to kill her, she discovers a washed up body of a girl who is very much
Mireille Chartier
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ⭐️

“I sank into a deep curtsy. Then I rose, a lady.”

Historical fiction is not a genre that I pick up often. It’s not that I don’t like, it’s more that I don’t remember to. When I saw the cover for Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi it called to me. I thought it was so pretty and delicate that I wanted to know more about it. After I read the synopsis I knew I was hooked.

I love history which is why it’s weird that I don’t pick up this genre more. I am not fully versed in the United States history not
Alex's Reads & Reviews
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it

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I genuinely adored this book! I'm a complete sucker for a love triangle, unlike most people, and I absolutely adored this one! The main character was oddly emotionally relatable and likable, and an absolute feminist icon without a doubt. All the characters were super vivid, unique, and realistic and it felt like I could really see this story unraveling in real life. The plot was awesome, and I loved how Francisca's character progressed over the course of t
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Caught and held my attention from start to finish. Frannie's hard in a way heroines don't always get to be, and she's clever as hell. While I had some quibbles (the prologue was literally copied from later in the text, (view spoiler)), overall I really enjoyed this. It's cool how it shows that espionage wasn't always the intense kind you see on TV shows, but that it can still make a major difference. ...more
Caryn - iam.caryn
I really have to applaud Rossi’s ability to realistically capture the feel of a story set in the late 18th century.

While reading, it’s evident how much research she must have done for her story. Many of the characters were real historical figures, her use of language was spot on, and she delves into actual events and situations.

This was a marvellously told story and I devoured every single page. This was top-notch storytelling.
Loved this interesting story! This was told in the first person which always sucks me in. This was a very original story. The spying was very minimal in the novel, which suited me just fine.

I would have loved an epilogue!

Clean romance.
Some violence.
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. So good! 🌊🇺🇸
Mindy Williams
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
More and more I realize how lacking my knowledge of the American is. Spys? Enjoyed this book and need to learn more! Time to find more American founding type literature!
Meena Rehana Somwaru
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Though I rate this 4 stars, I wanted more from the feels like a few pages are "missing"...or something "more" should've been there. :( Still, it's a great read. ...more
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
I love reading a historical fiction story that requires the author to imagine a lot and fill in the blanks. George Washington really used a spy network to help win the war against the British, and there was really a spy known as 3-5-5, “Lady”. That’s just about all that is known. So, Veronica Rossi used her imagination and historical events and people to build a story around the unknown spy, 355.

I found the book to be absolutely engrossing. I was in love with the character, Frannie. She is stron
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Veronica Rossi's debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, will be published in over twenty-five international markets, starting on January 3rd 2012 in the United States. Film rights to the trilogy have been optioned by Warner Bros.


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