Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Historical Fiction
Or Give Me Death

Or Give Me Death

Spring 2003 Historical Fiction
Ages: 10 - 14 yrs.
Author: Ann Rinaldi
ISBN: 0-15-216687
Hardcover Price: $17.00
In a riveting page turner of a novel - a piece of historical fiction no less - the accomplished Ann Rinaldi has speculated on the origin of a phrase that rang through colonial Virginia, history, and heralded our Revolutionary War. "Give me liberty or give me death," was uttered by statesman Patrick Henry to an assembly of gentlemen legislators. Here Rinaldi, an impeccable researcher and imaginative writer postulates the phrase was first spoken by Henry's wife, Sarah. And hereby hangs a tale. Told with power and compassion by two of the Henry children, this story of Sarah's descent into madness and its effects on her amazing children, each a fully realized character, her household and perhaps in part, on the colony, is at once stunning and affecting.
Diana Huss Green   ©2003 Parents' Choice

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