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More filters. Sort order. We had very different priorities back then. Janet Lunn really Did That to me in grades It was all her, Kit Pearson, and whatev hello, it's baby theo again! It was all her, Kit Pearson, and whatever very dark historical fiction I was reading about how Princess Anastasia gets brutally murdered.

You know, for kids! Apr 29, Fiona rated it really liked it Shelves: children-teen-fiction , historical-fiction. One of my favourite childhood novels that I constantly kept coming back to for at least 10 years. Something about the struggles that Phoebe faced, though very unlike my own in that I wasn't trying to pass messages in a rebellion, was at the same time very similar to the internal struggles that I could empathize with like her loyalty to those she loves.

What was the good of killing people or being One of my favourite childhood novels that I constantly kept coming back to for at least 10 years. What was the good of killing people or being hateful to them because someone you didn't know was doing something hateful to someone else you didn't know? It's just so gratifying to see her succeed in what she set out to do, despite the really terrible things that happen along the way! And by may, I mean I do. This is a take on the start of the American Revolution from the point of view of backwoods colonists in Vermont and New York, particularly Loyalists driven from their homes and trying to reach Canada.

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I found it interesting and thoughtful. There are a lot of points of view portrayed and I am reminded again that at some point, politics comes up against the need to survive. Survival works best when people work together, but politics can drive people apart. Nov 18, Brianna rated it liked it. While it was absolutely fascinating to read a book that was mostly from the loyalist POV I really wish I could find more of these , the dialogue was rather stiff at times and there were other writing issues that put me off.

Mar 18, Mookie rated it liked it. It was okay. A bit clinically written, if that makes sense.

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Like Phoebe is thrust into the wilderness with no real survival training, and without any particular descriptors to paint the details of such a life. Bit of a witch-trial vibe. Not sure why the bear and the cat were of any importance. The romantic interest sure sounds like somebody with a temper.

An interesting read, however, you never really hear stories from the Loyalist point of view. This is the third book in a trilogy that I believe only has the connection that they take place in the same geographic area at some point. I read this book before a very long time ago but did not remember it as I re-read it this time. It's a bit slow to get into and not exactly a page-turner story. The plot is quiet and meandrous even though an adventure and mission is taking place.

We are privy as much as to what is taking place inside Phoebe's thoughts as to what is happening to her physically This is the third book in a trilogy that I believe only has the connection that they take place in the same geographic area at some point. We are privy as much as to what is taking place inside Phoebe's thoughts as to what is happening to her physically. It is still a refreshing approach to the American War of Independence. The characters in the book are Loyalists who have to flee from their homes to Canada after being made to leave by the rebels, some violently others just forcibly.

However, the main character, Phoebe, is neutral. Her freedom loving professor of a father leaves to fight for the rebels and gets killed the first year.


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At 13 she moves across the creek to her Aunt and Uncle's house. The Uncle is a pacifist, but his eldest son is Loyalist and goes off to fight for the King. Needless to say he suffers a gruesome end. Phoebe, now 15, goes across the country on her own, followed by a stray cat and bear cub, to complete her cousin's mission because she is loyal, loyal to family, not any side in any war. The book heavily portrays the terrible ways that neighbour turned against neighbour and the Loyalists were, any combination of, kicked out of their homes, property and chattel stolen, beaten, tarred and feathered, women and children with husbands gone off fighting were kicked out in the middle of the night with virtually nothing but their horse and cart and a bag of flour.

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Young men accused of being Loyalist were hanged and after the war these refugees hiding out in Canada were not allowed back into the new Independent America. The book also heavily focuses on that even while there was a war going on and many angry people had taken sides, just like in all wars anywhere, there were just so many people who really had no side, couldn't care less who won, just wanted their homes back, their towns to be safe, to be neighbourly again and their loved ones back home alive and hopefully in one piece.

Even though I found the pacing slow, it is an enjoyable story with an exciting journey of survival across country and populated mostly with female characters. This review is copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. It was originally published here. The Hollow Tree tells the story of Phoebe Olcott, a young girl who becomes caught up in the American Revolutionary War, with people she loves fighting and dying on both sides. Though Phoebe does not feel that she is on either side, she decides to carry out her dead cousin's mission by delivering a message to the Loyalists.

To do this, she must go on a dangerous journey across the Appalachian Mountains on foot This review is copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. To do this, she must go on a dangerous journey across the Appalachian Mountains on foot. I must admit, at the beginning I was bored. For the first couple of chapters I wasn't really sure where the story was going.

But after a while, I really started to care about Phoebe. I could definitely relate to her point of view about the war. She's so far removed from it that it just seems like pointless death to her, so she feels no loyalty to either side.

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All that's important to her is helping those she cares about. I love the various characters that come into Phoebe's life as she travels. I especially like Bartlett, the orphaned bear cub who starts to follow Phoebe on her journey, and curls up next to her to sleep. And I love the kids that Phoebe cares for in the Loyalist camp, especially the rambunctious Tibby Thayer. One thing to consider if you're planning on reading this book to kids is that there is the occasional racial slur.

I understand that they're included for historical accuracy and whatnot, but I'm not sure at what age a kid can read that the right way. So if you're reading this to a young child, make sure you explain why those words are not ok to use. Overall, it's a really nice story, a bit slow moving at times, but it definitely made me care about the characters.

May 27, Briana Garza rated it liked it. I struggled with rating this book, but finally awarded it the extra star I had been hesitant to add. The story is certainly wordy, throwing in countless names of historical places and people that, though eventually prove to be relevant and interesting, send my eyes skimming over them in search of the point.

I respected the research that went into writing The Hollow Tree, and was definitely moved by the aesthetics and descriptions of the mountainous land that Phoebe Olcott had to conquer. The her I struggled with rating this book, but finally awarded it the extra star I had been hesitant to add. The heroine's arch from feeble to independent was satisfying, and the romance wasn't so bad either. The Hollow Tree would be a nice piece of historical fiction for mid-teenagers, delving into the trials of life for both Loyalists and Rebels during the Revolutionary War.

I first read this book when I was ten years old. It has remained a favorite of mine ever since then! This book was my introduction to the world of historical fiction I'm not counting Laura Ingalls Wilder and boy, what an introduction that was!!! Phoebe is a heroine that you immediately fall in love with, and instantly connect with at least for all of us quiet shy types. You cry with her, cheer with her, and feel for her every step of the journey.

This is a great book for teens in retrospect I first read this book when I was ten years old. This is a great book for teens in retrospect this book is probably a little old for ten year olds - maybe a little graphic and really anyone who loves historical fiction. Read it and you won't be disappointed! This is always an awesome read. Pheobe Olcott is a loveable, independent, strong leading lady, and Jem Morrisay is just about the sweetest guy ever. Every secondary character in this novel is loveable and interesting, and while it is uplifting, it is also sad and tragic.

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I always felt so bad for Tibby Thayer, but Pheobe's interaction with the kids in this book was always my favourite to read about. Aside from Jem, of course. I read this first in grade seven, and then accidentally took it from my This is always an awesome read. I read this first in grade seven, and then accidentally took it from my grade seven class library. To this day whenever I feel like reading something that I know will be good, this is the book I pick up. Read to the end. Be like Pheobe Olcott, and don't give up.

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United Empire Loyalists! Now that I better know what they are, I find this a curious children's book for Canadians. From my understanding, a lot of Canadians no matter how recently they arrived from Europe, including Susanna Moodie had a pretty strong antipathy towards Loyalists. The problem with reading this in Grade Eight was that I had become so image-conscious that I disliked the female protagonist for being homely on the cover.

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