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Betsy Zane, The Rose of Fort Henry Hardcover – September 18, 2000

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"takes readers at a gallop...pausing for steady looks at contemporary attitudes and tracking a strong-willed citizen of our young country" Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review

"provactive questions emerge concerning the actions that earned 'patriots' like Betsy the title of hero" The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A real winner in every sense of the word." Kirkus Reviews

A compelling work of period fiction strongly rooted in fact. During Revolutionary War-era America, 12-year-old Betsy Zane lives with an elderly aunt in Philadelphia. Sent there by her brothers to protect her from her war-torn native Virginia. Betsy finds Philadelphia unbearably filthy and generally unsatisfactory. When her aunt dies suddenly, the girl finds herself all alone with few options, but nevertheless musters the pluck and composure to arrange her aunt's funeral, dispose of her family's wealth, and assemble a travel party to escort her back to Virginia. The journey is eye-opening and exciting, and Betsy is thrilled to be reunited with her long-lost family. Once there, the excitement builds even further to a thrilling climax in which Betsy saves the day by completing a successful run for gunpowder, sustaining Fort Henry through the final battle of the war. Exhaustively researched, Durrant's story successfully brings the remarkable Zane family members to life. Unfortunately, she has trouble letting their exploits speak for themselves, and instead takes unnecessary pains to ensure that their remarkable qualities don't go unnoticed. She needn't have bothered; the Zane's admirable reserves of grit and resilience are impossible to ignore. Young readers may have to remind themselves that the brave protagonist was a mere child who risked her life in a bloody battle rather than surrender.
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Gr 5-8-A compelling work of period fiction strongly rooted in fact. During Revolutionary War-era America, 12-year-old Betsy Zane lives with an elderly aunt in Philadelphia. Sent there by her brothers to protect her from her war-torn native Virginia, Betsy finds Philadelphia unbearably filthy and generally unsatisfactory. When her aunt dies suddenly, the girl finds herself all alone with few options, but nevertheless musters the pluck and composure to arrange her aunt's funeral, dispose of her family's wealth, and assemble a travel party to escort her back to Virginia. The journey is eye-opening and exciting, and Betsy is thrilled to be reunited with her long-lost family. Once there, the excitement builds even further to a thrilling climax in which Betsy saves the day by completing a successful run for gunpowder, sustaining Fort Henry through the final battle of the war. Exhaustively researched, Durrant's story successfully brings the remarkable Zane family members to life. Unfortunately, she has trouble letting their exploits speak for themselves, and instead takes unnecessary pains to ensure that their remarkable qualities don't go unnoticed. She needn't have bothered; the Zanes' admirable reserves of grit and resilience are impossible to ignore. Young readers may have to remind themselves that the brave protagonist really was a mere child who risked her life in a bloody battle rather than surrender.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First Edition edition (September 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395978998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395978993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As she did in her previous book, The Beaded Moccasins, Lynda Durrant tells the exciting story of a real 18th century girl. This time her heroine is Elizabeth "Betsy" Zane, whose courageous actions saved an American fort during the final battle of the Revolution in 1782. Thirteen-year-old Betsy has lived in Philadelphia ever since her parents died six years ago, and she longs to return to her Virginia frontier home. She gets the chance when her only relative in Philadelphia, her great aunt, dies. Betsy packs a few possessions and returns to her childhood home. But everything is different. One of her brothers lives among the Indians. Her oldest brother has strict ideas about how a young lady should behave. At times, life seems almost as boring as it did back in Philadelphia! A romance with a young soldier livens things up. But when the Indians and British come to attack, Betsy and her family must flee to nearby Fort Henry. And it will be Betsy's own heroic actions that change the tide of battle. I highly reccomend this to historical fiction fans, particuarly girls. It's a great read for fans of the Dear America series.
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Format: Hardcover
This books shows how independent Betsy Zane was. If you are a Dear America fan then you will like this book a lot. It's mostly the same as the diaries only not in diary form. Betsy Zane was a young woman who moved from a city onto the Ohio River. She meets new people and her brothers prize their possessions at first more than Betsy herself who took the long journey to her homestead with a family who used to be slaves. Betsy has embarrasing moments on the way to the Zane homestead when she accidently brings up the subject of slaves to the former slaves! Betsy also gets to meet a boy named Johnny whom she likes. The author really put effort in this book!
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Format: Paperback
This was a really great book. Not one of my favorites, but still really good! Betsy is restless in her vast Philadelphia home with proper great-aunt Elizabeth. So, when the latter dies, Betsy goes to live with her brothers on the wild Ohio River at Zane Station. There, she finds history of her past, ordeals of family and friends, and of course, love, as in every good book!!(ha ha) Anyway, the British and Indians are trying to capture Fort Henry, and so the Fort villagers have to fight them, and Betsy plays a special part in it! The book was great! read it!
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Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth( Betsey ) Zane has lived with her great aunt since her parents died. She longs for her home in Virginia where she can ride her horse freely instead of being told to act like a lady in crowded Philedelphia. When her great aunt dies Betsey makes the daring journey back to Virgina and her home. However she didn't get the welcome she wanted. Her oldest brother is strict and wants her to act like a lady. The story livens as she starts a budding romance with a soldier from nearby Fort Henry. Her world crashes down though when the Indians decide to attack Fort Henry and Besty and her family must flee to Fort Henry for safety. Everything holds up until Fort Henry runs out of gun powder. It looks like Besty is the only one who can get it. Can Besty prove to herself and her brothers that ladies are brave too and can do anything a man can? This was a great book and I highly recommend it. If you like the Dear America Series you will love this book!
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