Time Enough For Drums

 
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Time Enough For Drums
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March 28, 1986
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Sixteen-year-old Jem struggles to maintain the status quo at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence.

There are signs of rebellion in the Emerson household several years before the actual American Revolution hits in 1776! Brought up in a relatively liberal household, Jemima Emerson is quite a challenge for her tutor, John Reid, who is known as a Tory with strong ties to England. How could Jem's parents be friends with a man who opposes American freedom? Jem longs for freedom on every level, in the home and her homeland—and John represents the forces that restrict her.

Jem and her family soon find themselves fighting for freedom in whatever ways they can in the Revolutionary War. Before long, Jem discovers that there is much more to Mr. Reid than she ever imagined. Her feelings about him change when Jem realizes that John shares her love of freedom—and will risk his life to defend it.

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Jemima Emerson is a tough young girl living in Trenton. She speaks her mind, convinces her brother Dan to teach her how to shoot, and has no patience for the Tory ways of her strict tutor, John Reid, though even she has to admit that he is rather handsome. For Jemima, the American Revolution begins when her brother leaves to fight, taking one of her good friends with him.

Ann Rinaldi used to be one of my favorite authors, but she lost that position a while ago. Still, I have always enjoyed her books and felt bad that I had never read this one, which I had heard many people say was one of the best. I got it out of the library mainly because I did not have anything else to read, and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

I think we can learn a lot about revolutionary women from this book.
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