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The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes) Paperback – 1 May 1994


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Batu01 (1 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152275177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152275174
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,616,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan. 1998
Format: Paperback
This was an interesting book written by Ann Rinaldi. Historical Fiction books often bore me, but not this one! It kept me reading non-stop. It is about a fourteen year old girl named Rachel Marsh who works for John and Abigal Adams as a nanny. British soldiers come to Boston and one soldier, Matthew Kilroy, stands outside the Adams residence on guard. Rachel falls in love with him and they end up going out every Tuesday night when she is off.
On the day of March 5th a massacre brakes out leaving five men, including Matthew, charged with manslaughter. Rachel does everything she can to get Matthew out because she knows that Matthew is innocent. John helps in her fight to free him, but when released Matthew is sent back to England.
John and Abigal then let Rachel go and she works for a family of Quakers. I think that it was a good idea to let Rachel go because she was with Matthew more than the children. Also, she was becoming a teen and wanted to go out into the real world and see what it was like.
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By A Customer on 8 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book, but it's not a favorite or anything. The time & place setting was interesting. I liked the way it was grounded in historical fact and peppered with many historical figures. I've heard that most of Ann Rinaldi's books are like that, and my sister's a big fan of her, so I'm planning on reading some of her others.
Those are a lot of good things, so why didn't I give this a better rating? Well, it just didn't have that unexplainable thing that truly great (or even partly great) books have. Most of the characters didn't especially draw me in, you know-make you love them or hate them, either way as long as it's an extreme feeling. Except I did like that bookshop owner, and his bookshop. (what's his name? Nathanial or John or one of those ever-common names) And that Crispus Attucks guy gets points for a cool name and a interesting (if not all good & likable) personality. I didn't feel much for the main girl, Rachel, except that general goodwill you have for those aquaintances who are just not quite "friends". And for some reason I didn't like Matthew. I don't know, just something about him, and it's not that he was a English solider. I sometimes wanted to scold Rachel for all the trouble she got into (not to mention disobeying John Adams) for him.
And the other thing was that somehow, even though this is in the beginings of the Revolution and included the Boston Massacare, (though not til near the end it seemed) nothing seemed to happen. The book was kind of slow-paced, never really attention-grabbing except maybe during the actual Massacare.
If you're a Ann Rinaldi fan you'll probably like this. Otherwise, if you like historical fiction, and there's no other better books to read, give it a try. Who knows, maybe you'll like it more than I did.
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Format: Hardcover
I just LOVED this book! A great read, especially if you are having trouble finding something to get into. THE FIFTH OF MARCH is about a young girl, Rachel, trying to find her 'place' in the world. She is a hired girl working for John Adams in Colonial Boston, during the dawn of the birth of our country. Rachel has many of the same feelings young teen girls have today, even though she lived 220 years ago. A teriffic book, and I reaally reccommend it.
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By A Customer on 18 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Usually, anything that romotely pertains to History puts me in a coma, but Rinaldi gives facts a personality. This story makes the ignorant say "Hey, people actually acted like people 200 years ago", and is a great read for anyone ready to kill their history teacher. I give it an excellent review, but when compared to A Break with Charity, is weak.
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By A Customer on 18 April 1998
Format: Paperback
The Fifth of March is a solid work of fiction. The characters are true, the background is realistic and the plot is interesting and believeable throughout. The whole book is a satisfying read. I think the author did an excellent job of researching her subject thoroughly and then turning it into a great story. This book has me hooked on historical fiction!
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By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I though this book was very intersting and it should a great explaination of the boston massacure. this book is about is 14 year old girl named rachael marsh. she gets too know a british soldir named matthew who was apart of the masscure and was charged with murrder if you want to find out what happens buy the book from amozon they are the best.
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By A Customer on 11 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
In most history books, there is one thing-facts.In this book, there is history, but it comes alive. It is a story about the boston Massacre. It is told from the point of veiw of Rachel Marsh. Rachel is an indentured servant, and is living with the Addamses. Then she meets Mathiew Kilroy, and her loyalties become divided.
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By A Customer on 7 April 1999
Format: Paperback
Ann Rinaldi is a really great author, for those of you who don't know it. This book is one of her best! I would call it terrific! On one of these reviews someone asked if anyone had Ms. Rinaldi's address, and I would also like to know that, if anybody has it.
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