Time Enough for Drums

Time Enough for Drums

by Ann Rinaldi

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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Jem struggles to maintain the status quo at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence.

There are signs of rebellion in the Emerson household several years before the actual American Revolution hits in 1776! Brought up in a relatively liberal household, Jemima Emerson is quite a challenge for her tutor, John Reid, who is known as a Tory with strong ties to England. How could Jem's parents be friends with a man who opposes American freedom? Jem longs for freedom on every level, in the home and her homeland—and John represents the forces that restrict her.

Jem and her family soon find themselves fighting for freedom in whatever ways they can in the Revolutionary War. Before long, Jem discovers that there is much more to Mr. Reid than she ever imagined. Her feelings about him change when Jem realizes that John shares her love of freedom—and will risk his life to defend it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440228509
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 386,134
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ann Rinaldi is the popular author of the acclaimed historical novel The Last Silk Dress (Laurel-Leaf).

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Time Enough for Drums 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
hockey22 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is one of Ann Rinaldi's best and it never failed to keep me turning pages. I finished it in a day because of that. I recommend it to all my friends even if they don't like historical fiction.
booksandwine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Time Enough For Drums is a fairly predictable book from the back cover. You know Jem is going to fall for a Tory. It's not the destination that's important though, it's the journey. This book was lovely and a quaint historical fiction book which would be appropriate for the younger teen set.
crimson_idealist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Jemima doesn't like her Tory tutor, but there's more to him than she knows.Evaluation: This is one of my favorite historical fiction books. Rinaldi takes a historical time and lets her readers experience it through the eyes of a character who seems very real. She thinks and acts like a normal teenager. The only difference is the time period. And it's very well done.
bellameggie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one of my first novels that could be classified as historical fiction. i thought i was SOOOO grown up because i was reading "romance". this is a great book for anyone but i read it at a perfect time in my life when i was too old for the american girls but too young for very many other historical fiction novels. it is one of my favorite ya books & will i will probably always have a copy.
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I had to read this book for school in 5 weeks but finished it in four weeks. It was slow and boring at the beggining, but in chapters 33, 34, 35, 36 and the epilougue, it is really good and could not put it down!! You must read this book. Sad, romantic, historical and heartfelt. Must read book!! Seriously. I'm not kidding, you have to read this within your lifetime. If you do not, I will find you and kill you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so romantic i loooooovvvvvvveeeeee it sooooo muchhhh
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I would like to begin by commenting that the plot to this book was excellent. The American Revolution hits close to home with Jemima Emerson, who has to face and overcome the struggles of war. Readers see Jem face multiple deaths, raids, punishable scandals, as well as blossoming romance and growing up. I was thoroughly entranced by "Time Enough For Drums" from page one. HOWEVER, that is not to say that this book didn't have it's structural errors. Above improper grammar and contorted, forty-word sentences (yes, there were some), I found myself filling in the story...to an undeniable fault. Indeed, it should be every author's goal to let the reader imagine some details; however, I found myself filling in practically all the book's half-finished ideas. And though I am a dialogue efficionado, the authoress utilizes an exorbitant amount in place of description; moreover, most of the time, it was erratic and poorly-executed dialogue. Was it worth it for me to read this book: yes, because the storyline was exquisite and relatively moving. Do the pros outweigh the cons: by a small amount, they do indeed.
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This is one of my favorite books, by far! I can't even count how many times I've read it and each time I get caught up in the romance and historical sense of it all. The first time I read it, about two years ago, I read it in a matter of a day because I could not put it down! I love Jemima's determination and strength, as well as her fiesty spirit. And then there's John Reid, her handsome tutor! I absolutely love how he handles Jem and her stubbourn antics in such a reserved way.
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I thought it was a nice shorter read. I enjoy many of Rinadi's stories and I have to say this is one of my favorites. Although I do personally think the nook book is a bit overpriced.
Julie Holley More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Ann Rinaldi is an amazingly talented author"
History_lover More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of my favortite books that I have read. I still have my copy from 1991, when I was in middle school. Every now and then, I pop it out and read it. The story between Jem and John Reid never dies. She is a young woman and he is an experienced tutor. She gives him fits and he handles her with grace and sincerity. Eventually Jem comes to realize that the man she knew as her tutor is now the man she longs to have forever. Other than the love story that is there, you also get a history lesson from the perspective of both the author and the main character Jem. Compelling and a page turner. Absolutely love this book and my copy is now starting to fall apart due to the constant reading of this book. I would loved to have seen a second version that follows both Jem and John Reid after the American Revolution ended, just to see where they would have ended up.
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Abigayl Meadows More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooo much. This is a great histoical romance!
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