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Too many of our youth today are ignorant of the history behind the freedoms they enjoy in the U.S. This is certainly a book that can give them insight into the dedication of the colonists, as well as the tribulations they endured while remaining true to their cause. While I enjoyed it as a quick read, I also felt that there could have been a little more character development. It seemed to end too soon...it felt like a lot of work was put into the beginning, but the ending was not well fleshed out. That being said, the length may be "just right" to capture and maintain the attention of the younger audience, and perhaps entice those readers to seek out similar historical fiction.
This book is a well-researched historical account of the Battle of Concord as told through the sympathetic and realistic eyes of an 18 year old girl. It starts off a bit stilted due to the language and historical conventions of the time, but you ease into the book quickly and the Betsy's telling of the Revolutionary War strikes home with immediate and realistic detail. I appreciated that this is not the typical YA that is centered on romance and idle youthfulness - Betsy and her family have no time for frivolity as they are fighting for their life, village, and country. It was an interesting view of the war as it came from the perspective of women and children rather than primarily of the men fighting. The account is very detailed and while the story is bleak and bloody, there is hope alive still in the aftermath of war.