Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revoluionary Friendship
Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revoluionary Friendship
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Annotation: This historical novel, inspired by the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Peggy Schuyler, describes how the latter was challenged by the realities of Revolutionary War to distinguish herself and make her own mark on history.
Catalog Number: #154215
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 436 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-267130-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-267130-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017944492
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Peggy Schuyler has grown used to her place among her sisters, not quite as clever as Angelica, or as pretty as Eliza, but capable of helping them both out in times of need. As the Revolutionary War comes ever-closer to the door of their family home, Peggy finds herself yearning for a more active role in assisting her father, but instead she ends up in the service of Alexander Hamilton, a young general determined to win Eliza's heart. Elliott has written an engaging novel that, like Alex & Eliza: A Love Story (2017), by Melissa de la Cruz, successfully navigates the challenge of maintaining historical accuracy while upholding the personalities popularized by the musical Hamilton that readers will expect to see. But where the Broadway show shunted Peggy to the side, here she is showcased as a strong protagonist who is confident in the best possible ways. Her memorable story will keep readers interested from start to finish, even if they already know how it will end.
Horn Book
A rock is sure she's a mountain ("Nothing can move me... Everyone comes to me") until she finds herself tossed into a bird's nest, thrown into a pond, and finally tucked into a girl's pocket. This amenable tale of adaptiveness ("Whatever I become, I'm bound to be amazing!") gets its message across with art that gives its inanimate protagonist the unexpected: personality.
Kirkus Reviews
The story of Alexander Hamilton's romance with Eliza Schuyler as seen through the eyes of her younger sister Peggy.Set during the American Revolution, the tale offers the adventure of war, the family dynamic of sisterhood, and the drama of young love. Peggy Schuyler is a spirited young woman who feels overlooked in her large family as her two older sisters attract attention and suitors. This feeling only grows when George Washington's aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, seeks her help in his efforts to woo her sister, Eliza. Their home is at the center of information about wartime conflicts in upstate New York and Canada, facilitating many cameos as well as glimpses at exchanges with the Oneida nation. In her relationships with her sisters, Peggy is supportive of the steadfast Eliza and occasionally exasperated by the more worldly Angelica. She carries out an amazing act of courage when British Loyalists storm their home looking for her father. While Elliott was inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton, her story is based on independent research, and her afterword is as readable as the novel itself. Like many historical novels for teens, the language is quite modern, and the narrative has a fast pace.The demand for stories about the world of Alexander Hamilton shows no sign of letting up, and this entry ably feeds the need. (Historical fiction. 13-18)
Publishers Weekly
Elliott (Suspect Red) combines a flair for fiction with masterly research to create a dense yet eminently readable story about Peggy Schuyler, third daughter of Gen. Philip Schuyler, one of George Washington-s right-hand men. Spanning the period from 1777 through 1781, as Peggy ages from 19 to 23, the book presents day-to-day life in Albany and its environs during the Revolutionary War years through the eyes of a young woman witnessing some of its most momentous events, detailing both the ordinary and extraordinary through her perceptive point of view. Well educated and sharp-witted (but feeling inferior to her older sisters), Peggy is a strong and appealing protagonist who eventually takes on a role in her father-s clandestine work as an intelligence officer. Elliott does a remarkable job of humanizing important historical figures; despite the title, Hamilton is just one of several intriguing people in Peggy-s sphere. While the extensive detail on military and intelligence operations may overwhelm some readers, the -stubborn, defiant, willful- Peggy will win their hearts as she forges on to take her place alongside her older sisters. Ages 13-up. (Feb.)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-436).
Word Count: 91,116
Reading Level: 6.3
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.3 / points: 15.0 / quiz: 195480 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.7 / points:22.0 / quiz:Q75859
Lexile: 880L

Drawing from historical journals and letters, New York Times bestselling author Laura Elliot weaves a richly detailed tale about the extraordinary Peggy Schuyler and her revolutionary friendship with Alexander Hamilton. Perfect for fans of the smash Broadway musical sensation Hamilton.

Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family.

When a flirtatious aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, writes to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. A fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught in the same war as her father, and the danger to all their lives is real.

Everything is a battlefield—from the frontlines to their carefully coded letters—but will Peggy’s bravery’s and intelligence be enough to keep them all safe?

*2018 Grateful American Book Prize Honorable Mention*

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