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The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre
by Ann Rinaldi | Teens
Registered by yourotherleft of Danville, Pennsylvania USA on 12/25/2004
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by danesnboxers): travelling

3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by yourotherleft from Danville, Pennsylvania USA on Saturday, December 25, 2004

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Historical events aren't as neat and tidy as they appear in history books, nor are they dissimilar from modern happenings (i.e., the Rodney King case), as Rinaldi ( A Break with Charity ) ably demonstrates in this painstakingly researched tale told by a young servant in colonial Boston. Rachel is 14, bound as a nursemaid to the children of John and Abigail Adams, at whose house she sees many of the town's "movers and shakers" (one of the book's few faults is its jarringly anachronistic language). When British troops are sent to Boston to keep order, Rachel--despite her increasingly anti-Royalist sentiments--takes pity on Matthew Kilroy, the young sentry posted at the Adamses' door. Their relationship gradually blossoms, but Rachel, who has embarked on an ambitious program to educate herself and who rightly fears "getting into circumstances," refuses to demonstrate her affection in more than verbal terms. Lonely, frustrated, underpaid and reviled by the citizenry he was sent to protect, Matthew explodes during a riot on March 5, 1770, after which he and his fellows are tried for murder and manslaughter in the deaths of five colonialists. How Rachel acts according to her newly awakened social conscience and sense of self-worth makes for engrossing and educational reading. 

Journal Entry 2 by yourotherleft from Danville, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, January 19, 2007

8 out of 10

I've always loved Ann Rinaldi's books...this was probably one of my favorites of hers. Rachel was a very realistic and sympathetic female narrator...the premise of her "finding a Place" set against the backdrop of the beginnings of the American Revolution worked excellently, and the ending was the perfect answer to the "finding a place" dilemma. Rinaldi really brings history's characters to life, and this was an especially neat read for me right now because I just read David McCullough's 1776 which featured several of the historical figures that play a part in this book. The only thing that occasionally bothered me was a little clumsiness on Rinaldi's part of inserting historical fact into dialogue...on occasions it's done so artlessly that you have a momentary feeling of being suddenly launched into one of those cheesy educational videos where someone tells their friends about a historical event in fakey "casual conversation." But, while it was irritating when it happened, it didn't happen much, and the rest of the book was so well-written that those instances are pretty easily overlooked.

I've mailed this off to Rosie, who took it out of the relayer Teen VBB. Enjoy! =D 

Journal Entry 3 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Friday, January 26, 2007

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Received today, thanks! 

Journal Entry 4 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Saturday, May 26, 2007

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Good book! Really enjoyed learning some history! Now it's off to Danesnboxers from the Historical Fiction VBB - ENJOY! 

Journal Entry 5 by danesnboxers from Union, Missouri USA on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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Sounds good Rosie. Thanks for sharing.

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