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Five 4ths of July

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  134 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
On July 4th, 1777, Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation's independence in a small coastal town in Connecticut. Fourteen-yearold Jake wants nothing more than to get out from under the strict thumb of his father and see some adventure. But he learns too late that he must be careful what he wishes for. Over the course of four more 4ths, he finds himse ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Riley
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humanities-8-q3
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A Busscher
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
It was pretty good for a YA book. I didn't like the fact that the chapters were long and it skipped large portions of Mal/Jake's history only to be explained 2/3rds through the chapter.
I did like the fact that it gave some new info about the revolutionary war, I never knew about the island prisoners, nor did I now those even exsisted.
carrietracy
It took me awhile to get into this book, the first fourth was only slightly interesting, but I ended up really liking it, maybe more than 3 stars, but not quite 4. A real strength was the portrayal of Rebel/Tory relations in a much more accurate way than I'm used to seeing. So often Tories are demonized as the enemy, whereas in reality, the American Revolution was a civil war, which meant that towns and families were sometimes divided and that feelings towards the enemy were intensely complicate ...more
Mara
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was not my favorite American Revolution story - far from it, in fact. First off, there is Jake, who is one of the least likable heroes I have ever encountered. While his father certainly treats him badly, Jake does nothing to help the Reader sympathize with him. He is lazy, surly, has a mouth almost as bad as a sailor's, and an absolute jerk to Hannah. As the story progresses, he shows little regret for his ways, making it really hard to feel happy for him when good things happen.

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Bookworm1858
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was browsing in store when I stumbled across this book, which looked right up my alley. I love the American Revolution and I haven't read much about it lately, having focused on more contemporary books. Thus I requested this from my library and dove in once it arrived.

The structure is that the reader sees Jake Mallery on five consecutive Independence Days, 1777-1781. He lives in Connecticut and is a Patriot. And in the beginning, he's a brat, kind of a typical fifteen-year-old boy who's proud,
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Erica
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Starts off slow, but I like the way it was written with year intervals for each chapter. Great for young adults to see teen angst in the historical context of war and revolution but I have a bit of an issue of the book being taught to 5th graders when there is teenage premarital sex. High school, or at least middle school, might be a better age for this book.
Ally
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Five 4ths of July is certainly a book from a patriot's POV. It's quite interesting to see his spirit rise, fall, and break when the limit has been broken. Five 4ths of July centers around five 4ths of July, along with a few other days. The years range from 1777 to 1781.

But these are only the facts. Five 4ths of July reminds me of a story of courage, the human spirit, and the strength that hides in the mind and appears in the time of greatest need. It's easy to cry, because of the last chapter (J
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Kaleb Shively
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book thoroughly and would say that it could be used in the 4th, 5th, or 6th grades. This story is of a boy whose name is Jacob Mallery but everyone in New Haven calls him "Mal". This book takes place in the times of the Revolutionary War. Jake lives in New Haven, Connecticut and longs to be on a privateer, which is a vessel that travels the seas fighting battles against the British Navy. Unfortunately Jake is forced to join the local militia by his father and shortly after Jake jo ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
From 1777 until 1781, the Revolutionary War changed Jake Mallery’s world beyond recognition. This book chronicles one day, July 4th, in those years. In the first year, Jake and his friends are enjoying the new holiday—eating oysters and diving in the sea. Jake fights with Hannah, who is much too pushy for an indentured servant girl. Jake and his friends know that the British are causing problems, but are glad to be patriots. In the second year, Jake fights with his overbearing father about showi ...more
Amy Gonzalez
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jake Mallery (known by his friends as "Mal") leads an ordinary life working his father's ferry. He starts off the day celebrating July 4th, 1777 with his best friends. The author then takes the reader through five years of Mal life, or five 4ths of July. Each 4th of July something big happens to Mal--falling in love, fighting the English, being held prisoner on a prison ship. With each 4th of July he learns not only what it means to be a man, but also how to see all sides of a war. There isn't j ...more
Kathy
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jake Mallery is a young teenager living on the Conecticut coastline when the War for Independence breaks out. The middle son of a stern farmer, he is a bit of a cut-up, earning the nickname "Mal" -- French for "bad". Although staunchly in the Patriot camp and a great admirer of New Haven's own Benedict Arnold (before his treasonous betrayal), he has no real desire to go to war. But when the British attack the shoreline towns around New Haven, Jake is forced to fight -- and ends up on a prison sh ...more
Natalie
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Jake lives with his family in East Haven, Connecticut. The Revolutionary War has been going on for a year now, but has done little to alter Jake's life to this point.

The next year on July 4th, Jake's dad decides to enlist him in the militia. Suddenly the war seems more real, but still not completely relevant.

1779 comes along and that all changes. The British attack New Haven, including East Haven and Jake and his best friend Tim are in the middle of the action. Before long they're captured and i
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Kathleen
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is the perfect example of how historical-fiction down well can excite kids to want to learn more about the actual events. For instance, did you know that, while it is estimated that 4,500 people lost their lives during the American Revolutionary War, approximately 11,500 Americans died as prisoners-of-war while on British prison ships anchored in Wallabout Bay, NY (most held illegally).

Jake's story is one of adventure, fear and hope. Set on the 4th of July for 5 consecutive years (1777
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Gabriela
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked it up because I enjoy history and thought maybe I should try broadening my horizons and read a book with a male protagonist. As it turns out, I really enjoyed it!

Jake is an extremely flawed, really, main character who's pretty mean. However, as an avid reader of YA, I pretty much figured he'd fall in love with the object of his jokes once he got to know her.

Despite his cruelty, a saving grace is his absolute devotion to his best friend, sisters, and mother (and later his devotion to H
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Tammy Walquist
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not always keen on books that cover a lot of years in just a few hundred pages, so I was slightly concerned about this one, but I found myself pleasantly surprised. I loved how Mal's character came alive for me, no small feat considering we only see him on one day a year for five years. I liked watching the growth as he came through different experiences and learned what it truly means to be a patriot. I liked how he didn't lose heart, even if he did find himself doubting to a certain extend ...more
Mary Ann
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very absorbing historical fiction. Geared for modern sensibilities yet true to the times, this is really a story of the coming of age of our hero, Mal, with all his faults and passions. It's a chronicle of the American Revolution with a more realistic perspective...how if affects the lives of the citizens, both loyalists and patriots, seen through the eyes of a boy caught up in the times. Realistic, rough, and with a non-romanticized view of the rebellion, Five 4ths of July gives us a story that ...more
Becky
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a historical novel for young adults set during the American Revolution. I didn't like it at first because the protagonist was so obnoxious in the first chapters of the book. However, the novel is a kind of coming of age story, and he changes as the book continues. The heart of the story is time he and his best friend spent on a British prison ship off Long Island. The author has done a good job researching what these prison ships were like, and also in showing both sides of the war. I le ...more
Mr.
I've recently become infatuated with all sorts of different Revolutionary-era stories. This story of Jake, a youth growing up during the first years of independence is creatively told over a five year period. Honestly, the first two Independence Days move slowly, but when the Battle of New Haven erupts in the third section of the novel, business picks up quickly! In the end, Hughes does an amazing job providing insight into the mindset of those on both sides of the conflict that simply want the ...more
Abby Warren
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this may be a challenging book for people to find because it is no longer in print, it's worth the effort. The idea of following a character on the same day for five years was a great way to read a story. Seeing the changes in Jake over the course of the five years was really well done. As with all historical fiction I am impressed with the amount of research that Hughes did into the life and times of people during the Revolutionary War. Overall a great book.
Sam Hacker
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
So definitely interesting. I haven't read many books on the Revolutionary war, so it was interesting from that point of view. How the book was set up was also... Different. Not sure if it's good or bad. Although it was engaging, I find myself after the fact a bit disappointed. It's good if you are interested in seeing the prisoner ships and all, but I didn't really enjoy Jake very much. It's more of a meh book than anything. A shrug and it's good is about how I felt about this book.
Hanna
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
One thing that I really enjoyed while reading this book is that The story is told within five days (mostly). It didnt go on to all the hardships and trials of the whole year, but simply gave a short summary and continued with the story. I really enjoy history, so this book fit me pretty well. This book gave me a lot of insight on the revolutionary war.
Laramort
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a great historical fiction book. I've never read a book that gave you the Loyalist side of the American Revolution. I'm very glad that we won that war but it makes me consider why other people did what they did. It also makes me again appreciate how amazing it is that we even won with all that was up against us.
Kim
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic historical fiction. This book included great facts from the Revolution as well as a love story and an intriguing main character. It is definitely YA. I would not include it in my 5th and 6th grade collection. But it would be fine in any middle school or high school library. I will seek this author out again.
Janet
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction -- so much more interesting than a boring textbook. I never knew so much about our fight for independence. It was hard for me to stick with reading the book through all of the unbelievable pain, loss, and misery that the main character endured, but worth it in the end.
Jeanette Johnson
This is a story of two boys during the Revolutionary war who end up on a prisoner of war ship and learn some grueling life lessons and grow into men. The story takes place over a period of 5 years. This story was hard for me to get into. I was upper elementary or middle school range.
Joni
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This teen novel was easy yet interesting. I did not know about prison ships used during the Revolutionary War, and was fascinated and horrified. I was also intrigued by the references to Benedict Arnold to the point that I had to find a book about him.
Joyful
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-stuff
Excellent YA novel about a young man coming of age in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Offers an inside view of the emotional aspects of fighting in a historically accurate setting. Great way to connect the human side of this war to the history unit in class.
Jan
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
pace of this book is a little slow but worth reading. It takes place in CT, battle of New Haven, prison ship in New York harbor. End of book gives a perpective from the Tory side of Am Revolution, good balance
Mary
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting addition to historical fiction on the time period, illuminating little known history. The most dramatic section is, of course, on board the prison ship.
Lucy figueroa
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read in a while. Action, love, history, inspiring. Highly recommend reading.
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