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Publication Order of Brie McQuade Books

But in the Fall I'm Leaving (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Side of My Heart (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Quilt Trilogy Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Great Episodes Books

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

Publication Order of Dear America Books

When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary Of Abigail Jane Stewart (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (By: Joyce Hansen) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Picture Of Freedom (By: Patricia McKissack) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941 (By: Barry Denenberg) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams in the Golden Country: The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
West to a Land of Plenty: The Diary of Teresa Angelino Viscardi (By: Jim Murphy) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (By: Mary Pope Osborne) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence (By: Sherry Garland) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stationery Pack (By: Patricia McKissack) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic 1912 (By: Ellen Emerson White) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Heart is on the Ground (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow: The Diary of Sarah Nita, a Navajo Girl (By: Ann Turner) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin (By: Karen Hesse) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North (By: Patricia McKissack) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (By: Mary Pope Osborne) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York 1938 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift, Indianapolis, Indiana 1932 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Valley of the Moon: The Diary of María Rosalía de Milagros, Sonoma Valley, Alta Valley, California, 1846, (By: Sherry Garland) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory 1849 (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska 1881 (By: Jim Murphy) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer (By: Beth Seidel Levine) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret War : The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Time for Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (By: Ellen Emerson White) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Diary of Bess Brennan, The Perkins School for the Blind, 1932 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas 1935 (By: Katelan Janke) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (By: Barry Denenberg) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Thy Neighbor: The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (By: Ann Turner) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Land of the Buffalo Bones: The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota (By: Marion Dane Bauer) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Stars in the Sky (By: Megan McDonald) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 (By: Patricia McKissack) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker, New York City 1909 (By: Deborah Hopkinson) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (By: Lisa Rowe Fraustino) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (By: Kirby Larson) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like the Willow Tree (By: Lois Lowry) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cannons at Dawn (By: Kristiana Gregory) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson, Hadley, Virginia, 1954 (By: Andrea Davis Pinkney) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind the Masks: The Diary of Angeline Reddy, Bodie, California, 1880 (By: Susan Patron) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Down the Rabbit Hole, Chicago, Illinois, 1871: The Diary of Pringle Rose (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner, San Francisco, California, 1906 (By: Judy Blundell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of My Name Is America Books

The Journal of James Edmond Pease (By: Jim Murphy) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of William Thomas Emerson (By: Barry Denenberg) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, a World War II Soldier (By: Walter Dean Myers) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Joshua Loper (By: Walter Dean Myers) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Were Heroes: The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins (By: Walter Dean Myers) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Ben Uchida (By: Barry Denenberg) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Sean Sullivan (By: William Durbin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Otto Peltonen (By: William Durbin) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Augustus Pelletier (By: Kathryn Lasky) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds (By: Rodman Philbrick) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Biddy Owens (By: Walter Dean Myers) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
On This Long Journey: The Journal of Jesse Smoke (By: Joseph Bruchac) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of C.J. Jackson (By: William Durbin) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty (By: Ellen Emerson White) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Jedediah Barstow (By: Ellen Levine) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Finn Reardon (By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Rufus Rowe (By: Sid Hite) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Brian Doyle (By: Jim Murphy) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung / Staking a Claim (By: Laurence Yep) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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