The Fifth of March

Book review by Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

So-so historical fiction mixed with romance.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 12+

The best book that I have ever read!!!

This is the best book that I have ever read!! Ann Rinaldi is an amazing author that paints a very realistic back drop for her heart felt writings. Yes there is a little bit of romance in this story but is very innocently done and the main character handles every romantic situation very maturely and respectfully. When I have a daughter I would be proud to have her handle the situations with boys in her life this way. and yes she does sneak out of the house a couple of times but when she is caught she admits to what she was doing, apologies for it then she faces the consequence in a very mature way. I hated reading before this book but it showed me that reading can be a very rewarding experience. (It does have a few words that the other solders use so I think that you should be 12 or 13 before you read it.)

This title has:

Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
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Book Details

  • Author: Ann Rinaldi
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
  • Publication date: November 30, 1993
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 333
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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