|badgerbag (badgerbag) wrote,|
@ 2008-08-14 08:59 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||books, children's books, ya|
Sooooo I just started it tonight and it's FANTASTIC. It's way better than I remember -- in other words better than I knew how to judge when I was a kid or a teenager. It's well written! It's crammed with actual history and realistic detail! I've read a ton of history and personal narrative of the time, and it fits right in. The character of Rebecca IS brave and resourceful and cool and feminist. The author, Ann Finlayson, has written a bunch of non-fiction & history books - now I'm very curious to find any other fiction by her.
There was just a scene of lovely subtlety when Rebecca dodges and darts and lies and tricks her way in to General Cornwallis's offices, to ask him to tell the mean officer quartered on them that he has to get out of her dead mother's room where she and her sister and brother are staying, with all their nice things and the SECRET COMPARTMENT, and he shuffles her off to an aide de camp, who remarks finally, WHAT... you mean to say you have bothered the GENERAL, to have your lodger moved across the hall? She agrees. The beautiful bit is his throwaway comment, something like "...even their children!" In other words that even the little teenage girls of the rebels are bold and demanding and irrepressible.
What a great book. Okay, I'm going back to it. I'm so pleased that it's not just good - but waaay better!