Reviewed for Middle School, 2007

Students know Patrick Henry as one of our founding fathers. But to his kids, he was just dad. This book tells the story of Henry's family from the perspective of his two eldest daughters, growing with an absent father and a mentally ill mom. Although fiction, the text is grounded in historical fact. Patrick Henry's wife Sarah did suffer from postpartum depression. Rinaldi's suggestion that it was actually Sarah Henry who first uttered "Give me liberty or give me death" from her confines in the cellar is evocative, and encourages kids to delve beyond the traditional accounts in history books. This is an especially great read for an eighth grader. (Gulliver Books, $17)