The Fifth of March
A Story of the Boston Massacre
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It's 1770, and fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh is a servant in the Boston household of John Adams. But her loyalty to the Adams family is tested by her friendship with Matthew Kilroy, a British private with an unsavory reputation. Rachel knows Matthew is frustrated and angry, but even she is surprised when he is accused of joining soldiers in firing upon a mob of citizens . . . in the bloody encounter that came to be known as the Boston Massacre.
“Carefully researched and lovingly written, Rinaldi’s latest presents a girl indentured to John and Abigail Adams during the tense period surrounding the 1770 Massacre. . . . Fortuitously timed, a novel that illuminates a moment from our past that has strong parallels to recent events. Bibliography.”--Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly Review
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The Fifth of March conveys the strong emotions and feelings that are brought upon the hearts of the working class during the American Revolution. With quick witted characters who are willing to fight for what they think is right, this book is to be considered another Rinaldi masterpiece!
The Fifth of March
I had to read "The Fifth of March" for a book report for school. I was expecting it to be like all other historical books, boring. But I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reading it all day. I was COMPLETELY in love with it. It tells of a girl living in Boston during the time of the Boston Massacre, Rachel Marsh, servant of the Adams, finds herself a friendship with Matthew Kilgory. An English Solider. They become fast friends and fall in love. But Matthew has two sides. He was accused of murder and miles away from home, with no one to help him but Rachel. But, she was forbiden to see him. Rachel has to chose one or the other, the Adams or Matthew?
To sum it up, I loved it so much I was wishing for a movie of this book to come out. And I hope they will. Five Stars!
- Level: Grades 4-8
- Category: Historical
- Published: Nov 30, 1993
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English