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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi. Sixteen-year-old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men the war for independence from the British king.
Get A Copy. Paperbacks. Published April 1st by Troll Communications first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Trenton, New Jersey United States. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up.
To ask other readers questions about Time Enough for Drumsplease up. What's a complete summary of the book? Elizabeth Roberts The American revolution has not yet begun in earnest, but already there are s of rebellion in the Emerson house-hold. Jem long for freedom within her home and throughout her homeland, and John Reid represents the forces that restrict her. Jem and her family soon find themselves ing the revolution in whatever ways they can. I love this book. Can you show me a letter from John Reid? Elizabeth Roberts This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ My dearest: please don't worry about me.
I am doing what I want do and have thus far been successful. I have seen your brother and scribble this note …more My dearest: please don't worry about me. I have seen your brother and scribble this note by firelight to tell he has given me permission for are betrothal. I have been offered a commission in the American army and, at Dans urging, have decided to take it. I rejoice in the victory at Trenton. I have had to say goodbye to my friend, Charles Apgar, in Philadelphia since I shan't need to see him once I accept my commission.
I shall wright to you. I know how he loved you. John less hide spoiler ]. See all 6 questions about Time Enough for Drums…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
Sort order. Start your review of Time Enough for Drums. Jan 04, Katie Hanna rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. This was an excellent read. Because, as with all Ann Rinaldi books. This is why she's my favorite historical fiction author. She takes what most other writers would just make a conventional "love story," and she crams in so. Such as: - Rich, realistic family dynamics.
I absolutely loved Jem's relationships with both her par This was an excellent read. I absolutely loved Jem's relationships with both her parents. Let's hear it for strong parent-child bonds in YA fiction, am I right?? They were stern with her and believe me, she needed it ; but they struck a good balance between sternness and understanding.
They allowed her room to grow. And they continually challenged her mind; forcing her to think through her own actions and reactions and the consequences thereof. Especially her dad. That scene was masterfully done, ladies and gentlemen. I am in awe. I loved Daniel; he was plain and matter-of-fact and kind. Good man. This is where Ann Rinaldi shines like no other author I know--especially in her Revolutionary War stories. She never pretends that the Patriots in her books have some kind of automatic "moral high ground" over the Tories or the British; no, she makes them WORK for it.
They have to prove that they're good people. They don't get a free pass just for being "Americans. It is only towards the climax, as she matures, that Jem finally begins to understand why Lucy's freedom is every bit as important as her own: without Lucy, the Revolution itself is meaningless. It's a very powerful moment. I Very Much Approved. It's hard to explain exactly what this means if you haven't read the story; but trust me, it's really important. And I was very inspired. Rinaldi isn't one to flood you with sensory details; but when she does slip a few in--she makes them count.
I am a fan. Now, I suppose I should address the romance itself? Because this is the one area I wasn't totally cool with: - It's a student-teacher relationship. Nor should we be allowed to do that; it's an abuse of power and lends itself to all kinds of nastiness.
Stay safe. In this story, the girl's parents are actually [subtly] encouraging the match, once the girl technically becomes "of age" Which, I believe, is a pretty realistic depiction. But not low enough for there to be class-based objections, as there would have been in a super-rich family who hired a tutor of much lowlier station. I'm just gonna go ahead and admit that. Even with all the above reasons for disapproval, I was reading through some of these scenes and murmuring to myself, "dang it, I ship them. Both pretty hetrong, and sorta-kinda-arrogant, but they both had firm internal principles and cared very much about Doing Right.
In their own ways. Sarcasm galore. It was good stuff, I'm not gonna lie. I just couldn't help it. I still firmly believe that it would've been much better if they had waited to Confess Their Love until she was let's say 18 or 19, instead of And yes, I am very much aware that 16 and 24 was considered a normal age dynamic for the time period--but here's the thing. At 16, Jem was The muscular female adult Trenton of drum super immature.
Childish and impulsive and irrational and the rest of it. Because HE'S the one who's constantly putting up with her immaturity and all the problems it creates. So what happens is, for several years there at the beginning of their romantic relationship, he's still periodically slipping back into that "teacher" role and exercising a teacher's authority over her, and that aspect of it did make me profoundly uncomfortable.
Because that's not an equal partnership. And if Jem's not ready for an equal partnership yet. When they're both older. That One Scene. I want to write like that, one day. View all 38 comments. Mar 02, mina marked it as dnf. Also the part where she says if she was her father she would never set Lucy free, a slave in their household, made me dislike her so much and she said it solely because Lucy told her to get ready.
Such ish behavior. And with tutor-student thing comes age difference. It appeared as there were too many pronouns in a dialogue.The muscular female adult Trenton of drum
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