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Ann Rinaldi

Biography

Ann Rinaldi

Ann Rinaldi is known by her many fans for her richly satisfying historical fiction. Eight of her novels have been named ALA Best Books for Young Adults, including TIME ENOUGH FOR DRUMS, THE LAST SILK DRESS, A BREAK WITH CHARITY and WOLF BY THE EARS. Author of more than 30 books for young readers, including a book in the series, she was awarded the National History Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey.

Ann Rinaldi

Books by Ann Rinaldi

by Ann Rinaldi - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Cornelia Greene’s mother, Caty, was once a beautiful bride who lifted the troops’ spirits at Valley Forge. Cornelia knows that rumors of Caty’s past hurt Cornelia’s father, but Caty claims she’s just a flirt. So Cornelia is shocked when she learns that Nathanael Greene may not be her real father.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+

As Confederate and Union soldiers take over their town, cannon and gunfire explode around  the local residents, but the battles are not only fought between soldiers. At home, fourteen-year-old Tacy and her disabled brother lock horns as David struggles with his desire to go to war. David gives his last full measure…and leaves Tacy struggling to make sense out of it all.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

When the Yankees arrive in Roswell, Georgia, spunky and determined Leigh Ann places a French flag upon the family’s mill. She hopes the Yankees will then spare the mill from destruction, but her actions have disastrous results. Sent north with the women and children who worked in the mill—all branded traitors for making fabric for Confederate uniforms—Leigh Ann embarks on a journey that requires her to find her own inner strength. Only then will she be able to rise above the war raging around her.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

When Claire Louise discovers her brother tending to a Confederate soldier who is responsible for Robert E. Lee's "lost order" (causing the South to lose the Battle of Antietam), she is forced to make a difficult choice between family and friends. Award-winning historical novelist Ann Rinaldi paints a story of family, courage, and secrets during the forty-seven-day siege of Vicksburg, a battle that has sometimes been ignored in history because it ended the same day as the Battle of Gettysburg.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead feels like an oustider until she befriends Nat Turner, a slave preacher with gentle manner and eloquent sermons about an all-forgiving God. Upon his request, Harriet draws a map that turns out to be the missing piece that sets Nat’s secret plan in motion and makes Harriet an unwitting accomplice to the bloodiest slave uprising in U.S. history.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

Growing up, Elizabeth fears she can never be Queen. Although she is the King's daughter, no woman can ever hope to rule over men in England, especially when her mother has been executed for treason. With her position constantly changing, the Princess must navigate a sea of shifting loyalties and dangerous affections.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction
Now that her father is dead, CeCe McGill is left to wonder why he risked his life for the ragged slaves who came to their door in the dead of night. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous pre-Civil War South, The Ever-After Bird is the story of a young woman's education about the horrors of slavery and the realization about the kind of person she wants to become.
by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

Sis Goose is a beloved member of Luli's family, despite the fact that she was born a slave. But the family is harboring a terrible secret. And when Union soldiers arrive on their Texas plantation to announce that slaves have been declared free for nearly two years, Sis Goose is horrified to learn that the people she called family have lied to her for so long. She runs away--but her newly found freedom has tragic consequences.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

On the night of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, his frantic wife, Mary, calls for her best friend and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley. But the woman is mistakenly kept from her side by guards who were unaware of Mary Todd Lincoln’s close friendship with the black seamstress. With vivid detail and emotional power, Ann Rinaldi delves into the childhoods of two fascinating women who became devoted friends amid the turbulent times of the Lincoln administration.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

Sarah Tracy has spent her entire life under constant supervision; now, at eighteen it's time for her to get married. Then she sees an advertisement looking for a young woman to oversee Mount Vernon, the beloved family home of George Washington. With consummate skills, feminine wiles, and a true sense of diplomacy, Sarah single-handedly manages to keep Mount Vernon out of the Civil War. But while she is able to influence generals, soldiers, and even the president, she learns she doesn't hold such sway over her own heart -- as she also discovers true love.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

Someone is setting fires in New York City. It is 1741 and, as a colony of Britain, America is at war with Spain. The people in New York City are on a heightened state of alert, living in fear of Catholics acting as Spanish secret agents. Phoebe, an enslaved girl, watches as the town erupts into mass hysteria.   The mob won't rest until they find a mastermind behind the plan--someone Catholic--and there's suspicion that Phoebe's teacher Mr. Ury is a priest.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

Jane would become Queen of England for only nine days before being beheaded at the age of sixteen. Here is a breathtaking story of English royalty with its pageantry, privilege, and surprising cruelty. As she did in her previous novel Mutiny's Daughter, Ms. Rinaldi uses powerful, evocative writing to bring to life a teenage girl caught in the grip of stirring times.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

It's 1900 --- the dawn of a new century --- and never in her wildest dreams did fifteen-year-old Rose Frampton ever think she'd leave her family and home in South Carolina to live with a new husband in the land of the Yankees. But that is exactly what has happened.

by Ann Rinaldi - Historical Fiction

Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn't realize is that the girls are about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people.