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In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, 18-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land, yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty.
Jason desperately wants to protect his family - his wife, children, and grandchildren - and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russell's doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?
Based on a true story. If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 67%).
©2014 Elaine Marie Cooper (P)2014 Elaine Marie Cooper
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3 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 09-01-14

A poignant method for kids to study history

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 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.

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By withherownwings on 08-06-14

excellent YA Revolutionary War 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.

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