When Noah Thomas and his band of Tories kidnap 13-year-old Hope Wakeman from her home in Connecticut, she sees no hope of ever returning to her family. Taken by Noah to his home in Long Island, Hope has no choice but to act as his servant. As she blindly follows orders, she cannot stop thinking about making her escape, and when she sees her moment of opportunity, she takes it before the Noah can sell her to a slave trader. Tired, hungry, and vulnerable, she desperately tries to make it to war-torn New York City, but is surrounded by sickness and pain everywhere she turns. Gathering every last breath of courage and strength she has to continue her arduous journey, she finally makes it home.
This historical novel is so rife with adventure, excitement, and courage that even the most reluctant reader will have a hard time putting it down.
The aptly-named Hope is able to overcome even the toughest odds in reaching her destination, and girls will find it empowering to see a female protagonist making her way through difficult situations in order to save herself. Count on this book to extend readers' appreciation of history, and to lend itself to discussions about how challenging experiences can help people realize that they can — with determination and hard work — overcome the obstacles that make their goals seem impossible to reach.