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Publication Order of Brie McQuade Books

But in the Fall I'm Leaving (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Good Side of My Heart (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Quilt Trilogy Books

A Stitch in Time (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Broken Days (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Door (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Term Paper (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Promises Are for Keeping (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Enough for Drums (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Silk Dress (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolf by the Ears (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In My Father's House (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Bend in the River (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mine Eyes Have Seen (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amelia's War (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Education of Mary (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Girl in Blue (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Numbering All the Bones (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Millicent's Gift (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taking Liberty (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mutiny's Daughter (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sarah's Ground (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Color of Fire (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brooklyn Rose (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Days a Queen (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Redheaded Princess (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Juliet's Moon (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Vicksburg (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Full Measure (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Family Greene (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Great Episodes Books

A Ride into Morning (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Break with Charity (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fifth of March (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keep Smiling Through (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finishing Becca (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of Sarah Revere (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acquaintance with Darkness (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cast Two Shadows (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Captain's Dog (By:Roland Smith) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Coffin Quilt (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Staircase (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guns for General Washington (By:) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Behind Rebel Lines (By:) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Or Give Me Death (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Unlikely Friendship (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Juneteenth (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ever-After Bird (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Letter Writer (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leigh Ann's Civil War (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dear America Books

A Journey to the New World (By:Kathryn Lasky) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winter of Red Snow (By:Kristiana Gregory) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (By:Joyce Hansen) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreams in the Golden Country (By:Kathryn Lasky) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Standing in the Light (By:Mary Pope Osborne) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence (By:Sherry Garland) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Heart is on the Ground (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl (By:Ann Turner) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Light in the Storm (By:Karen Hesse) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (By:Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Secret War (By:Mary Pope Osborne) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas After All (By:Kathryn Lasky) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalía de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta Valley, California, 1846, (By:Sherry Garland) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Time for Courage (By:Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (By:Ann Turner) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Stars in the Sky (By:Megan McDonald) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City 1909 (By:Deborah Hopkinson) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fences Between Us (By:Kirby Larson) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Like the Willow Tree (By:Lois Lowry) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cannons at Dawn (By:Kristiana Gregory) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 (By:Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 (By:Susan Patron) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down the Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Illinois, 1871: The Diary of Pringle Rose (By:Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906 (By:Judy Blundell) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Growing Up with Aloha (By:,Kirby Larson) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of My Name Is America Books

The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Journal of Augustus Pelletier (By:Kathryn Lasky) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds (By:Rodman Philbrick) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Journal of Finn Reardon: A Newsie, New York City, 1899 (By:Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung (By:Laurence Yep) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ann Rinaldi was a young adult, historical, literature, and fiction author popularly known for her historical fiction books The Last Silk Dress, In My Father’s House, A Break with Charity, and Acquaintance with Darkness.

She wrote over 40 novels, eight of which were notable books by the ALA. Additionally, in 2000 her novel Wolf by the Ears was chosen as one of the best novels preceding 25 years and later selected as one of the best novels preceding 100 years. She was a writer for the Great Episode series, a novel series featuring books set during the American Colonial Era.

Before her death, Ann Rinaldi lived in Somerville, New Jersey, with her husband, who she married in 1960. Before dedicating her time to full-time writing, she worked as an author for a local newspaper columnist. She continued writing for the newspaper even throughout much of her writing career. Her first book, Term Paper, was published in 1979, and prior to this, she had written four unpolished books, which she termed as “terrible.”
Girl in Blue
the girl in blue by Ann Rinaldi is a story of a girl named Sarah who runs away from her home and disguises herself as a man to join the Union Army during the American Civil War. Upon arriving at the camp, she is assigned to help a surgeon named Hammond. She travels to the local town and gathers food for the injured and sick military men. After spending a while in the camp, she experiences her first battle.

Sarah tries to survive through the battle without firing a single shot or killing anyone but eventually forced to defend herself and shoots a man who later dies. She survives the battle without any injuries, but unfortunately, her identity is soon unraveled by a general, and she is assigned to other tasks.

She is given the role of a spy disguised as a maid for a woman working undercover for the Confederate Army. The woman had a daughter who later became a very close friend to Sarah. The two become so close that the daughter gives Sarah a riddle that, when solved, reveals where her mother’s diary is hidden.

Sarah soon cracks the puzzle and finds the diary under the stairs. As she turns the pages, Sarah can discover how the woman got the messages, but her stay in the woman’s house is short-lived when she falls ill. But soon, a chance encounter with an investigator drags her into a web of intrigue, mystery, and romance. Sarah’s feat is put into the test like never before.

Although the Girl in Blue is a novel that narrates fictional events, it’s wise to say that some of the encounters in this book are things that happened to most soldiers in real life. The story pulls you in immediately and allows you to understand and experience what some spies and soldiers had to do to serve.

As a reader, you can hear our heroine’s thoughts as she experiences her days trying to hide her real identity as a woman. During this time, you can understand and experience some of the fear and emotions she feels. Throughout the story, Sarah becomes more vulnerable and emotional because of her relationships with the people she encounters in the military.

Since the book is set in the 1860s, you are bound to come across some older language that may confuse the younger reader, but that’s not overly done. You should expect some bits of violence since this is a war story, but it doesn’t have too much violence. We watch as Sarah grows into a stronger and more intelligent woman in a time when women were considered less equal to men.

Time Enough for Drums
Ann Rinaldi is an author whose legacy has become a household name in the young adult historical fiction space, and Time Enough for Drums is one of her most acclaimed YA books.

The book is set in 1775, and we meet a teenage girl named Jemima Emerson. she is a headstrong 15-year-old, and while she’s not a bad girl, she is simply a person who doesn’t think before acting, and her tutor Mr. John Reid is determined in transforming her into a responsible lady, but she resists with everything she has.

But war has a way of making a person mature up. Jemima’s brother, Daniel, accomplishes the commission under General Washington. Her father sacrifices everything to supply the army while her mom drafts an essay under a penname that is known across the American colonies. Jemima’s boyfriend, her younger brother, and their servants all leave their homes to fight the war. Her sister relocates and marries a British soldier. All these events around Jem’s have consequences, and soon the dangers of war come starring directly to Jemima’s hometown along with the settling British Army. Meanwhile, the tutor Jemima despises becomes more than he seems.

Time Enough for Drums is a fantastic coming-of-age narrative set during the American revolution. There are different forces at work, so many changes, many players, and so much at stake. It is fascinating to see that Ann Rinaldi did a fantastic job showcasing how all these factors immensely affected Jemima’s family. And the theme of independence is well communicated at both personal and national levels.

The author’s biggest strength is the cast of solid characters she created. The main character, Jem, is a complex girl living in such a tough time, while John Reid is her ideal counterpoint. The interactions between the two will keep you turning pages, even when the least expected happens. The bond between these two characters is strong and serves to highlight the evilness of war. Even in the midst of war, love thrives and beats all the odds.

This novel falls under the young adult category but is highly recommended for readers above the age of 12 years. It is all-encompassing, reminding us that war is terrible and the details in the book are better left for an older audience.

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