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Sarah Bishop

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,986 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother, who take opposite sides in the War of Independence, Sarah Bishop flees from the British who seek to arrest her and struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1980)
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Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Sarah Bishop is a young girl who has no interest in the coming American Revolutionary War. However, this is not how her father and her brother feel. Her father is a Loyalist, siding with the British, and her brother, is a Patriot. Her brother leaves the house, and soon, her father is tarred and feathered. Sarah realizes that she must leave. She then goes to New York City to try to find her brother, but the British wrongly accuse Sarah of a crime and so Sarah escapes into the wilderness. The rest ...more
Kellyn Roth
Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell is set in the era we’re currently reading about in school and showing a different side of the American Revolution from what you normally see.

It offers you a different perspective, but unfortunately is not a very good book - slow to start, too quick once it gets going, then unbearably dull from perhaps 50% on, offering readers nothing new. Basically, it’s the day-to-day life of a girl surviving alone in the woods. I suppose if you know nothing about the woods or how t
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
What can one do when caught between warring parties in a fight that has little to do with oneself? What is a teenaged girl like Sarah Bishop supposed to do in the dawning days of the American Revolution, personally not believing or caring about the political differences between Whigs and Tories, but nonetheless wrapped up in their drama against her own will?

Novels about the circumstances and characters—both real and fictional—of the Revolutionary War are not scarce, but Sarah Bishop sort of he
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
A different perspective on the Revolutionary War

This is a difficult book for me to review. I liked that it was about a character who was neither pro- nor anti- Independence, instead she despised the war simply because of how it entirely disrupted her life (view spoiler) I enjoyed the book and her fortitude. You don't get "in her head" much, but O'Dell still communicates her conflicting emotions, partic
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April Brown
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, teen
What ages would I recommend it too? – Fifteen and up.

Length? – Most of a day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – New England during the Revolutionary War.

Written approximately? – 1980.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Nightmares. Almost rape of the main character and unnecessary violence that doesn't lend to the plot.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? A few notes about the war, time frame and witch hunts. Finish the sto
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoy the story line, but I felt like the author only told you what Sarah was doing and saying but not what she was thinking and feeling. I didn't connect with her until much later in the book, and even then she felt distant. Other than that, which involves the writer and not the story so much, I really liked the book. I like the way she changed, from an eye for an eye to forgive others their trespasses. I think deep down she was always like that, but she was hurt and angry and didn't want to ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Good book about the Revolutionary War and a reminder that not everyone wanted to separate from England. We often view the British soldiers as the bad guys as American citizens but there were certainly a lot of "rebels" who were lawless and horrible as Sarah experienced!! My kids loved the book but we were all disappointed by the ending - it felt almost as if Scott O'Dell ran out of steam and just ended the book. Of course, some might say that it is up to the reader to decide what Sarah chose, bu ...more
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've loved O'dell since I read Island of the Blue Dolphins forever ago. He doesn't dissapoint here as he tells the true story of the real Sarah Bishop during the Revolutionary War. Very well written. I did wish that he had an afterward to tell us about what happened to Sarah Bishop after this book ends.
Candi Stephenson
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
I remember liking "Island of the Blue Dolphins" so I picked this one up from a "free" pile at the library. I like how it was written and the independence/tenacity of the main character, but the book just stops and you're left wondering where the ending real closure, just a lot of hinting.
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young girls
Shelves: youngadult
i think this was my favorite scott o'dell book. i immediately favored it because of our shared name, but she kicked ass! the book was so violent, but sarah learns how to take care of herself, gets a gun and runs away to some caves. this takes place around the revolutionary war.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brisk and engaging, this intriguing historical novel brims with robust characters, vibrant settings (like Long Pond), and a rich plot.

Set during the War for Independence, the story revolves around heroine Sarah Bishop. She's barely sixteen. After her father is tarred and feathered as a Tory sympathizer and dies, Sarah goes in search of her brother, who's joined the Patriot army. He dies aboard a ghastly British prison ship.

Alone, Sarah proves herself industrious, courageous, clever, and sturdy.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Still Scott O’Dell, still the author behind “Island of the Blue Dolphins” but too much pointless wandering and plot swells that land nowhere. He’s done better work than this.
Jenna Abbott
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wasn't the biggest fan of the ending.
Eva Ehrich
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
too good. plenty of excitement
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't remember much about this book, but I remember thinking it was okay.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Not really an ending...
Genevieve Jorski
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It is such a sad book that it is hard to want to re-read it.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-reads
Lauren Judkins
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10th graders
I liked this book. The plot took a long time to get interesting, but it was worth it. I love the idea of the book, and I would recommend it.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read more about her and was disappointed when it ended.
Leona  Carstairs
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
I thought this book would be more interesting than it actually was, because it sounded pretty intriguing and exciting from the premise. NEVER TRUST THE PREMISE GUYS! This book was so boring, I hate it. It's awful and I do not recommend it. Plus, the only edition my library had was mass market paperback and I HATE MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS WITH ALL MY HEART.
Jan "don't blame me, I also voted for Hillary"
A well-written historical novel set during the Revolutionary War. A female protagonist as strong as Johnny Tremain!
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Sarah Bishop is a 15-year-old girl caught in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Not for one side or the other, she is full of anger at the deaths she has had to endure and the war that caused them. Alone, she sets off as there is nothing left for her at her farm on Long Island. But she is soon accused of a crime she didn't commit and, on the run, decides to survive in the wilderness with nothing but her musket for company. Sarah decides that she will create her own fate.

This is a war story, a
Lisa  Shamchuk
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Running from the law, the only thing for Sarah to do is enter the wild. She finds a cave and a cute albino bat. She procures food and fixes up the cave as home. A pair of Native Americans help her during their travels through Sarah's bit of the wild. This part was interesting. I wish it ended here. But then Sarah get's convinced to go to a Quaker meeting in town and they throw her in jail for being a witch. Then she get's freed and goes back to her cave. I hated this part and didn't like the end ...more
Mel Foster
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in outcasts, wilderness survival stories, effects of war,
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Apr 17, 2012 added it
Shelves: eced-221
This book is about a young girl named Sarah Bishop. After her father and brother are killed in the war, she has to fend for herself. By fighting for her life, she goes through many adventures that turn her life upside down.

The writer brings the setting to life through the inclusion of authentic details that do not overwhelm the story. The details that the story provides, such as saying about the war, makes the story. If it weren't for these details, the reader wouldn't understand all that Sarah

O'Dell's YA novel about Sarah Bishop, an English-Colonial girl caught between both sides of the American Revolution, holds the reader's interest from the start. Throughout 41 short chapters with extensive dialogue we share Sarah's shock and dismay as her world is uprooted by dangerous men with fervent principles--and a few who lack principles entirely. Neither patriots nor loyalists behave honorably, while British "justice" in the New World proves a mo
This book has traveled with me for 20 years after I originally read it, not because it was a favorite, but because it was by a favorite author. I thought this was one less likely to stand the test of time, but more likely to surprise me. And now I think it is pretty good, but not fantastic. Set in the early days of the Revolutionary War on Long Island (aka Brooklyn), the first 75% of the book mirror Island of the Blue Dolphins in a lot of surprising ways. Our heroine's mother is absent, father d ...more
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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19 ...more

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