Sarah Bishop

by Scott O'Dell

Paperback, 1991



Local notes



Scholastic Paperbacks (1991), Edition: Revised, 240 pages


Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.


Original language


Original publication date


Physical description

240 p.; 4 inches


0590446517 / 9780590446518



User reviews

LibraryThing member anneofia
This is well-written historical fiction about a real person and it certainly held my interest. Sarah acted much more like an adult than a fifteen-year-old girl, but perhaps that is to be expected in her traumatic circumstances. I did not care for the non-ending. The book covers only a few months of her life, and there is no real resolution to her problems. The reader is left wondering, what happened to Sarah?… (more)
LibraryThing member brittneywest
This book concerns the life of a young girl from Britain, named Sarah. She lives duirng the time of the Revolutionary War and has mixed feelings about it, for all the right reasons. Her brother was on the side of the Revolutinaries and her father was on the side of the British. Tragically, both are killed in the war and leaves young Sarah all by herself. This book is intended for more mature readers and is an excellent aid in teching the history of the Revolutionary War.… (more)
LibraryThing member meagandye
I think that this is a classic novel that could be used especially when learning about the Revolutionary War. It addresses many important issues during that time such as rations, rules, and laws. I also think that this was a really great novel depicting a young girl standing up for herself and showing complete independence. I think that this would be a great novel for young girls who are a little down on themselves at times. It would really show them how not only men could hunt and gather and that women have it in them to be completely independent.… (more)
LibraryThing member beckytillett
A young girl survives during the Revolutionary War and has to learn to fend for herself as she encounters many interesting and deceitful characters. The story takes children on a realistic look at life in the late 1700s.

This book is best used as a read-aloud, as many concepts and vocabulary words tend to escape children unless you take the time to stop and discuss the plot.… (more)
LibraryThing member Mirandalg14
2.5 stars
I didn't connect with the MC very well as she didn't have much emotion. And the story just kind of ended without much warning. I didn't feel like anything was resolved. Most disappointing after enjoying Island of the Blue Dolphins so much.
LibraryThing member fuzzi
A disappointing read by a well-known author, based upon a true story from the Revolutionary War of the late 1700s. As this was published about the time of Scott O'Dell's death, I can't help but wonder if someone "finished" the book for him. Not recommended.
LibraryThing member Smokler
Still Scott O’Dell, still the author behind “Island of the Blue Dolphins” but too much pointless wandering and plot swells that land nowhere. He’s done better work than this.
LibraryThing member AprilBrown
What ages would I recommend it too? – Fifteen and up.

Length? – Most of a day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – New England during the Revolutionary War.

Written approximately? – 1980.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Nightmares. Almost rape of the main character and unnecessary violence that doesn't lend to the plot.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? A few notes about the war, time frame and witch hunts. Finish the story.

Short storyline: Sarah's father is murdered because he supports the King of England. Her brother is murdered on a prison ship because he doesn't. She escapes from the men holding the prison ship and flees for her life.

Notes for the reader: The novel just ends and doesn't tie up loose ends.

Her character is unbelievable and becomes more so as the story progresses. While she might have taken the trap off her the man's leg, she wouldn't have taken him to her cave, since he had previously tried to rape her. Nor would she have not spoken up during the "trial" held against her for witchcraft.

While this story is supposed to be based on a areal story, it makes you wonder what the real story really was.
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