Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South

Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South

by Ann Rinaldi, Ann Rinaldi

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Overview


In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll on her family and friends, and comes to understand the true nature of war.

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ISBN-13: 9780152050771
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Great Episodes Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 357,296
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey. 

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Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
hockey22 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is incredibly good! It is one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read with accurate details in history. If you want to learn about the Revolutionary War you need to read this book ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you loved the movie The Patriot, you'll love Cast Two Shadows. It takes place in the same area with almost the same situations from a girl's point of view. Like all of Ann Rinaldi's books, this is truly a remarkable book that sticks to the facts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a very good book and i recomond to every one who like history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
cast two shadows is an awesome book. caroline is a young girl struggling to accept her life the way it is and at the same time trying to learn more about her true mom and why she was sent away from her. caroline copes with the hardships of the war and growing up which i think her brother johnny had a lot to do with. i totally reccomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cast two shadows, is about a young girl who is half black and half white, living with her father, stepmother, sister, and brother. It tells about how she and her family try to survive in the old south. This book is a very good book, I couldn't put it down till I finished it. I hope anyone who reads my review will read this book. It really was a super book to read.
brainella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Caroline Whitaker is fourteen-years-old, and is witnessing the American Revolution first hand. A British officer and army had commandeered her home. Her father (a Patriot) has been imprisoned, her brother Johnny (a Loyalist) is wounded, and the British, before her eyes, hang her best friend. Her sister is becoming the mistress to the cruel British officer who has stolen their house.Adding to Caroline¿s fears and self-doubt, she knows she is the result of her father's dallianace with one of his black slaves. No one acknowledges or talks about this. Her grandmother, Miz Melindy, lives with the slave. When Caroline and Miz Melindy take a long wagon journey together to save Johnny (who has turned to the other side) the young heroine learns how to deal with the uncertainty, violence and anger in her life. This is a great book for young adults to get an idea about how tumultuous and frightening the Revolutionary period was. Caroline tries to be as mature as possible, but is still confused and scared. The plot moves quickly and the characters are well developed and likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic historical fiction novel describing the life of a young girl during the American Revolutionary War. A young girl, Caroline, struggles with finding out who exactly she is when the British invade her town. Her brother is fighting for the loyalist cause, her father is imprisoned for being a Patriot, and the British are staying in her home. When trouble strikes, Caroline handles all the challenges with grace and maturity, albeit some stubbornness as well. She isn’t the perfect person; she feels anger and bitterness and is extremely stubborn. These traits, however, make her character all the more relatable and believable. Fantastic novel.
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This novel is truly an inspiring piece of work. Ann Rinaldi's ability to make you cry and laugh along with her characters is truly astounding! The vivid imagery, as well as the beautiful and fragile relationships between characters such as Miz Melindy and Caroline, make this story a unique masterpiece. I have found that Mrs. Rinaldi's fictional characters have instilled in me lessons that I will carry with me for years.
hiyee-iluvchocolate More than 1 year ago
this book was ok i guess....i had to read it for school and i was pretty surprised how it turned out. normally, i would NEVER pick up a historical fiction. This book however, was pretty good. I'm in eighth grade and had to read it for my history novel. There was intense family drama and i actually did not sleep through it :D (well, most of it). This book ended up pretty interesting and kind of helped me recap what i learned in school. good job ann rinaldi :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first i picked up this book from my teacher, to do an assignment on it, after the first 100 pgs, I was TOTALLY ABSORBED!! GOOD read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the hanging in the opening pages until the epilogue, Cast Two Shadows is filled with new suspenseful twists that make for an exciting, yet sobering read. This is probably my favorite Ann Rinaldi book. It showed a new perspective of the American Revolution. It was interesting to read about a family that wasn't decidedly patriot, but was torn in half. It was a very complex story, yet it flowed smoothly and was a quick reader. There were so many nuggets of wisdom spread throughout the book, that are worthy of quoting. Most of the characterizations were very vivid and realistic at the same time. Miz Melindy (Caroline's slave grandmother) was a very interesting character. She was very critical, but at the same time, very caring and observant. I would have liked to have heard more from Caroline's adoptive parents, because they did not seemed as well developed. (Rinaldi could have further expanded upon the theme of hiding the truth to protect those you love). The book showed how harsh life can be, through all the characters that were never heard from again, but it also showed how truth makes from stronger new beginnings.