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The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Mar 2004
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"Carefully researched and lovingly written."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Carefully researched and lovingly written."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey. Visit her online at www.annrinaldi.com.
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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.
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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