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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,112 ratings  ·  146 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
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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 hea
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
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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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
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was definitely not a book that I would read again or recommend to others. Following a girl who is living during the Revolutionary War, the reader gets to follow her life as she struggles to stay away from the British. When Sarah's house is burned down with her father inside of it and her brother dies from being held in jail, she is struck with the knowledge that she is now an orphan. Not wanting to deal with her loss and the war going on around her, Sarah flees and comes upon a cave in ...more
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.
Stephanie A.
A nice little mini-adventure story following a Revolutionary War girl fleeing an unfair criminal accusation and setting up a mostly-solitary and self sufficient life in a cave, surrounded by wilderness. I especially liked her wild companions, the white bat and the 3-pawed muskrat she saved from a trap.
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.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well-written historical novel set during the Revolutionary War. A female protagonist as strong as Johnny Tremain!
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wasn't the biggest fan of the ending.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I almost forgot to give myself credit for this one! Phew.

I love Scott O'Dell books, based on the 2.5 I've read. Not a huge sample, but his writing is consistent in all 3. No wasted words (which isn't always a good thing, but in children's historical fiction it absolutely is), quick plots, history, etc. His one flaw, which many others point out, and which I don't necessarily think is a flaw based on what he's trying to do (but if he was trying to get this book included in the Nobel prize sweepsta
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
i read this book as a kid, but the only things i remembered from it were the white bat, her living in the cave, and being taught how to make a boat from a burned-out log. re-reading it as an adult a few decades later and then going to look up the real Sarah Bishop, i don't actually think it's very good; for one thing there's a lot of misogyny and white supremacism that i definitely didn't notice as a kid, (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I found this to be a decent middle grade book. I would not consider it a children’s book due to a near rape scene that occurs to the teenaged protagonist. Her character development is not anything particularly grand, but it is there and noticeable and worth discussing. I appreciated a view of the Revolutionary War that I don’t often think about: how it affected regular citizens who just wanted to be left alone to live their lives. As a patriotic American, I often view the war, on a whole, as her ...more
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.
Gwen Testa
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
“‘It is not a revolution...It is a civil war, a war among people who once were friends. Let us strive to be understanding of those who have different thoughts from ours. For we share a common speech and do worship the same all-merciful God.’” Pg. 31
“Father was an admirer of William Tyndall. He never got tired of talking about him. Every night he told me something new about Tyndall.” Pg. 36
Attempted assault pg. 102
“‘We cannot live without God’s love. And our own love, which we must share with Him
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh, it was an intriguing story especially since it’s based on a real person, but the actual pacing of the novel was a bit slow and muddled. The details of her personality don’t match the research I’ve done of her and that bothered me. It worked as a good read aloud for my 7th graders but I wouldn’t particularly recommend it.
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've had this book for years, but never read it until now -- or else I was so disappointed with it when I first read it that I totally forgot everything about it. It's not nearly as good as Island of the Blue Dolphins. With a little more effort, the author could have made this story of a 15 year old girl alone in the world during the Revolutionary Ward into a classic -- but he didn't.
Donna Siebold
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
For my money, the theme's of this book are way too old for the juvenile audience for which it is written. I had a hard time reading sections of this book - rape, murder, abandonment and more - it is just too dark.
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Sarah Bishop was interesting in how Sarah took care of herself in the wilderness and in how it brought attention to the conflict between neighbors during the Revolutionary War. I would have liked a more conclusive ending, instead of the abrupt ending it has.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Not really an ending...
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't remember much about this book, but I remember thinking it was okay.
Eva Ehrich
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
too good. plenty of excitement
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.
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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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