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This was my first Ann Rinaldi book It was sooo good that I have gone on to read every book of hers I can find It is written with youth in mind Many of her books tell the back story to famous men s lives through their daughters. This book is a historical fiction book about a slave girl, Harriet Hemmings, at Monticello Thomas Jefferson s plantation She is the slave daughter of Thomas Jefferson The author says that Thomas Jefferson had several children with a slave woman after his wife died, but I haven t looked into history to know if this is true or not The author creates a very intersting character in Thomas Jefferson He is portrayed as someone who does not like slavery or even believe in it, but he owns many s This book is a historical fiction book about a slave girl, Harriet Hemmings, at Monticello Thomas Jefferson s plantation She is the slave daughter of Thomas Jefferson The author says that Thomas Jefferson had several children with a slave woman after his wife died, but I haven t looked into history to know if this is true or not The author creates a very intersting character in Thomas Jefferson He is portrayed as someone who does not like slavery or even believe in it, but he owns many slaves He inherited about 130 of them when his father in law died He is portrayed as a man of principles yet lives as a hypocrit He says, slavery is holding a wolf by the ears, you can t let it go or you can t continue to hold it I respect Thomas Jefferson very much, and it is hard to understand his position and motives I don t know what to think of the man, except what I know to be true He is one of the founding fathers of this country and he and others risked their lives to provide me with the freedoms that I enjoy everyday One of my favorite quotes in the book is when Harriet s mother told her the following Times get bad Sooner or later, for everybody Those times all you can do is just go on lighting the fire and keeping the family fed and keeping everybody from killing each other There sof those days than I like to tell you about Seems like you are always losing But you re not You keep lighting the fire and feeding the children and stopping everybody around you from killing each other and you re winning The reason why I can relate so much is because sometimes the only thing you can do in life is simply endure If you can endure you are succeeding That is just part of life Enduring counts for a lot in the end.This was a pleasant read I really like the main character, the courage and strength that she shows in the end She does what she does for all the slave women before her, as difficult as is it I am just not sure what to think of the portrayal of Thomas Jefferson Since I m currently wrestling with the Hemingses of Monticello it s good but my God it s dense , I thought I d dip back into my first introduction to the Hemings family Bless Ann Rinaldi, who gave me most of my foundation in American history as a kid. Interesting read especially after having read America s First Daughter last year Different perspectives of part of the same story. Despite liking Time Enough for Drums and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons, I could not trudge my whole way through Wolf by the Ears In this book, Rinaldi attempts to tell the tale of Harriet Hemmings, presumed illegitimate daughter of Thomas Jefferson and one of his slaves, Sally It seemed as if she tried too hard to dance around the controversy of Thomas Jefferson being a respected father of our country and yet a slave holder who apparently was an adulterer with his servant The book also Despite liking Time Enough for Drums and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons, I could not trudge my whole way through Wolf by the Ears In this book, Rinaldi attempts to tell the tale of Harriet Hemmings, presumed illegitimate daughter of Thomas Jefferson and one of his slaves, Sally It seemed as if she tried too hard to dance around the controversy of Thomas Jefferson being a respected father of our country and yet a slave holder who apparently was an adulterer with his servant The book also emphasized strongly that the slaves were not called such in polite society, but rather servants I was uncomfortable with a scene that showed an attempted rape of Harriet as well and never truly understood why that was in there other than to perhaps push her to seek freedom, although it didn t seem to have that effect on the character in a defined way The book was supposed to draw us in to Harriet s struggle whether or not to pursue freedom away from Monticello, but I felt removed from it because the character vascillated far too rapidly for me to understand what she was thinking Harriet Hemings is a slave of Thomas Jefferson s and has been all her life But she s been well cared for, educated and not worked very hard In a few short years she ll be 21 and that means she will be free Harriet doesn t want to go, doesn t want to leave her home How could she She loves it there, but Harriet soon realizes taking her freedom will be for the best And so she begins to prepare for her leaving when she turns 21.This is a historical fiction book about Harriet Hemings, who histo Harriet Hemings is a slave of Thomas Jefferson s and has been all her life But she s been well cared for, educated and not worked very hard In a few short years she ll be 21 and that means she will be free Harriet doesn t want to go, doesn t want to leave her home How could she She loves it there, but Harriet soon realizes taking her freedom will be for the best And so she begins to prepare for her leaving when she turns 21.This is a historical fiction book about Harriet Hemings, who historians believe is a child Thomas Jefferson had with his one slave, Sally Hemings I ve read one other book by this author and thought it was quite a good book I liked this just as much The author was able to take a story of a real person from history and mixed fiction along with it and it worked well Harriet has a very strong voice Her emotions are right there, all out there for you to feel She is white and African, she is confused Is Thomas Jefferson really her father She doesn t want to leave her home and yet she knows she has to She has to leave everything behind to fit into the white world.I feel that I was able to relate to Harriet, being of a mixed heritage myself, sometimes it can be confusing and hard to find your place Sometimes you think there is no place for you, that you cannot be yourself I related to Harriet s feelings and her confusion But, Harriet was strong, too She had courage and no matter what she would be always Harriet Hemings.The book was very good If you like historical fiction, I definitely recommend it We have the wolf by the ear and feel the danger of neither holding or letting him loose Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, 18 July 1824To me, this book was kind of inspirational I was impressed with how strong Harriet was as a character I loved that she was such a meaningful female protagonist and that her devotion to Jefferson came so naturally Jefferson was a very intriguing character, especially since history has a way of immortalizing our presidents and famous people , it was good to see We have the wolf by the ear and feel the danger of neither holding or letting him loose Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, 18 July 1824To me, this book was kind of inspirational I was impressed with how strong Harriet was as a character I loved that she was such a meaningful female protagonist and that her devotion to Jefferson came so naturally Jefferson was a very intriguing character, especially since history has a way of immortalizing our presidents and famous people , it was good to see him as a person who made mistakes and had flaws and was real This book made historical events and moments in time that are just moments to us and turned them into something that actually had an impact on how people saw their world then If that made any sense at all Anyway, I loved how real Harriet s struggle felt and how all her choices really affected her outcome And truthfully, one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book is because I kind of fell in love with Jefferson s Monticello and the harmony that surrounded it Heather StewartHistorical FictionThis is the story of Harriet Hemings who believed she was the illegitimate child of Thomas Jefferson She is a slave at Monticello but is treated very kindly by the master Her mother will not say outright that he is their father When Harriet turns 21 she will be given her freedom papers and allowed to leave there forever as a free woman She doesn t want to leave Monticello but she knows that if she stays and Mr Jefferson dies she may be sold and continue to Heather StewartHistorical FictionThis is the story of Harriet Hemings who believed she was the illegitimate child of Thomas Jefferson She is a slave at Monticello but is treated very kindly by the master Her mother will not say outright that he is their father When Harriet turns 21 she will be given her freedom papers and allowed to leave there forever as a free woman She doesn t want to leave Monticello but she knows that if she stays and Mr Jefferson dies she may be sold and continue to be a slave She decides that she will pass when she leaves which means she will pretend that she is a white person Her skin is so pale that it will not be a problem for her This was a great book that detailed the time period really well It helped me to understand how things were for slaves back then Cover Blurb It looks dated, the girl in the front does not at all look how I imagine Harriet She looksHispanic or Latino descent than African her features aren t right.What I Liked Like all of Rinaldi s female characters, Harriet is a strong protagonist, doesn t have an attitude, is intelligent, and feminine without being weak I was able to appreciate her struggle, thus her indecision didn t get as annoying as it could have.What I Disliked While I liked Harriet well enough, she was p Cover Blurb It looks dated, the girl in the front does not at all look how I imagine Harriet She looksHispanic or Latino descent than African her features aren t right.What I Liked Like all of Rinaldi s female characters, Harriet is a strong protagonist, doesn t have an attitude, is intelligent, and feminine without being weak I was able to appreciate her struggle, thus her indecision didn t get as annoying as it could have.What I Disliked While I liked Harriet well enough, she was perhaps the least connectable out of all the protagonists in Rinaldi s books that I have read It wasn t because of her situation or anything like that there was just a slight something lacking in her personality A slight something that I aggravatingly cannot entirely pinpoint, but it was there, making Harriet just slightly less than she could have been.Believability Rinaldi does her research, of course it s part of why I love her books so much And Rinaldi presents very believable reasons for, if Thomas Jefferson had children by one of his slaves, why he couldn t claim them.Writing Style Good, as always I liked how it was told in a loose journal style There weren t daily entries, but monthly ones, with just the month and the year And never once did the story feel like it was slandering Thomas Jefferson Rinaldi says in her Author s Note that that is not the intention of the story, and I believe her It felt like a work of fiction an interesting what if that is possible, but there is not 100% historical backing for it, and the Author acknowledges this The views and opinions expressed in the story also felt like the characters opinion, and not something the Author was forcing her characters to voice for her The only negative thing I have to say about writing choice is the pace of the story It was kind of slow, there was no real climax Taking Liberty is somewhat similar, and I wish the pacing of Wolf by the Ears had beenlike that then it would have been better.Content Blunthead tries to rape Harriet pg 88 89 , but nothing comes of it, and the Author doesn t offer details about the event.Conclusion As said earlier, there is nothing terribly climatic about it But it s realistic I do, however, wish the story was longer, and hadbuild up.Recommended Audience Fans of Ann Rinaldi, naturally, and consequently historical fiction fans This is a girl read, though guys who don t mind dress descriptions and the like might like it as well `FREE BOOK ☋ Wolf by the Ears ↝ Harriet Hemings has always been happy in the comfortable, protected world that is Monticello She s been well treated there no one has ever called her a slave But that is what she is, a slave of a man who wrote the Declaration of Independence And there are rumors that she might be than Thomas Jefferson s slave she might be his daughterNow Harriet has to make a choice to run to freedom or to stay If she stays, she ll remain a slave But how can she choose freedom, if it means leaving behind her family, her race, and the only home she s ever known