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The Secret of Sarah Revere

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Decent historical fiction for fans.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


As a child growing up in the 1700s i got to personally meet and befriend Sarah Revere, she is nothing like how she is described in the book in real life. My child had to read this book for history class, and i was majorly upset with her history teacher.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 10+


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 characters is difficult for a ten year old reader. The writing stye and subject is also boring.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

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.

Book Details

  • Author: Ann Rinaldi
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace
  • Publication date: November 1, 1995
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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