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Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship
Contributor(s): Elliott, L. M.
ISBN: 0062671308     ISBN-13: 9780062671301
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2018
Annotation: The best-selling author of Between the States presents a richly detailed historical novel inspired by the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Peggy Schuyler, describing how the latter was challenged by the realities of war to distinguish herself from her remarkable sisters and make her own mark on history. 35,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sisters; Juvenile fiction.
Friendship; Juvenile fiction.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods.; bisacsh
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2017944492
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 436 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 December #2)

Elliott (Suspect Red) combines a flair for fiction with masterly research to create a dense yet eminently readable story about Peggy Schuyler, third daughter of Gen. Philip Schuyler, one of George Washington's right-hand men. Spanning the period from 1777 through 1781, as Peggy ages from 19 to 23, the book presents day-to-day life in Albany and its environs during the Revolutionary War years through the eyes of a young woman witnessing some of its most momentous events, detailing both the ordinary and extraordinary through her perceptive point of view. Well educated and sharp-witted (but feeling inferior to her older sisters), Peggy is a strong and appealing protagonist who eventually takes on a role in her father's clandestine work as an intelligence officer. Elliott does a remarkable job of humanizing important historical figures; despite the title, Hamilton is just one of several intriguing people in Peggy's sphere. While the extensive detail on military and intelligence operations may overwhelm some readers, the "stubborn, defiant, willful" Peggy will win their hearts as she forges on to take her place alongside her older sisters. Ages 13–up. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Gr 7 Up—Margarita Schuyler, called Peggy, is the youngest of the eldest trio of Schuyler girls. Their relationship rings of the closeness of the March sisters, and Peggy is the Jo March of this family. Intelligent and fierce, she is determined to escape the shadow of her stunningly beautiful sister, Angelica, and her sweet, doe-eyed sister, Eliza. This historical novel opens in the midst of the bloody Revolutionary War. Peggy uses her razor-sharp wit and cleverness to make her mark on all those with whom she interacts, especially the young aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton. After an impassioned letter requesting her help in wooing middle sister Eliza, Peggy and Hamilton form a fast friendship that proves most pivotal in the outcome of the Revolution. Too often her family is in danger, from Loyalists and from would-be suitors, and Peggy must rely on her talents to save the people she loves as well as the young America she believes in. The story is drawn from extensive research on each of the characters, through their letters, magazines, newspapers, and personal diaries. VERDICT Elliott has accomplished something wonderful here, and this is an absolute must-have for all middle and high school collections.—Nicole Coover-Thompson, Maine West High School, Des Plaines, IL

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