Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: Hope's Crossing by Joan Elizabeth Goodman

Synopsis: When her father left Fairfield, Connecticut, to join General Washington's Army , Hope found ti easy to promise that she would be brave. That was before a raiding part of Tories plundered her home, set it afire, and took Hope captive. Soon she was a servant for Noah Thomas and his ill-tempered wife, with no means of escape - that is, until she got to know Mother Thomas, who wanted to leave as much as she did. Can an elderly woman help a young girl find her way home? (from the back of the book)

Review: While this story is fictional, it is based on a true account of a young girl who was taken from her family. Happily, the real girl was returned quickly and safely. But Hope is not. Taken from her family, unsure of their fate, and left to find her way home, she must summon up courage to face her greatest fears. Set in New York during the occupation by the British, the author described historical events and characters with accuracy and realism. I enjoyed reading about Hope's journey home and her fight to overcome her fear. Because of the settings, things don't always turn out well. People die. Things go badly. But the story ends as it should. I highly recommend for kids between 7 to 15. It would be an excellent read for anyone studying American History.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-439-17965-3
Date Finished: 7-14-2014
Pages: 212

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