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The Secret of Sarah Revere

Book review by
Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media
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Decent historical fiction for fans.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

A major character owns a slave. The main character sometimes disobeys her parents.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this portrait of revolutionary Boston, as seen by Paul Revere's sometimes recalcitrant 13-year-old daughter, has romance and intrigue.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written bydrummer5 October 17, 2009


My daughter's school library suggested this book for a class reading project. As a parent, I'm disappointed with the choice. The dialogue between char... Continue reading
Adult Written byhtexaschic94 April 9, 2008

Read it!!!

This book was wonderful! Inside the class and out. It is perfect if your child enjoys diaries or Revolutionary War books. Ann Rinaldi is a great author!... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysunnysideup7685 July 9, 2010

Not for Younger Children

I'm fourteen and read this book when I was 11. I love history, especially the Revolutionary War and thought it would be fun to read about PauL Revere'... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPrincessPadme123 January 2, 2016

Mother of a ten year old.

My daughter got this book, as she has been wanting it for a while. she loves history and reading about girls in the past. I read it first because, occasionally... Continue reading

What's the story?

Paul Revere gallops around the countryside on secret missions as his thirteen-year-old daughter, Sarah, tries to make sense of life and the American Revolution. Sarah adores family friend Dr. Joseph Warren but fears that he and her stepmother may be in love. Meanwhile, danger looms for all as the Revolution begins. Good historical fiction that Rinaldi fans will enjoy.

Is it any good?

The author's research and attention to details serve readers well, while the common struggles of adolescence strike familiar chords. Despite sometimes awkward writing, this is one of Ann Rinaldi's better efforts, and it keeps readers interested in the emotions of the character while stimulating interest in the historical period.

She gives abundant details of revolutionary Boston, describing Revere's difficulties getting out of Boston for other journeys to distant cities and discussing spying among patriots and loyalists. Readers see Revere as a kind and loving father and learn that he also practiced dentistry and printed money for the patriots. But Rinaldi portrays his mother and oldest daughter as rather nasty characters. In her afterword she notes that she really has no information about their personalities, but the strong impression of the two maligned women may linger in the minds of young readers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about coming of age amid such dramatic events. How do the events of the Revolution influence the kind of woman Sarah is becoming?

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