Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship

448p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Feb. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062671301.
Gr 7 Up—Margarita Schuyler, called Peggy, is the youngest of the eldest trio of Schuyler girls. Their relationship rings of the closeness of the March sisters, and Peggy is the Jo March of this family. Intelligent and fierce, she is determined to escape the shadow of her stunningly beautiful sister, Angelica, and her sweet, doe-eyed sister, Eliza. This historical novel opens in the midst of the bloody Revolutionary War. Peggy uses her razor-sharp wit and cleverness to make her mark on all those with whom she interacts, especially the young aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton. After an impassioned letter requesting her help in wooing middle sister Eliza, Peggy and Hamilton form a fast friendship that proves most pivotal in the outcome of the Revolution. Too often her family is in danger, from Loyalists and from would-be suitors, and Peggy must rely on her talents to save the people she loves as well as the young America she believes in. The story is drawn from extensive research on each of the characters, through their letters, magazines, newspapers, and personal diaries.
VERDICT Elliott has accomplished something wonderful here, and this is an absolute must-have for all middle and high school collections.

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