Toliver's Secret

Toliver s Secret When her grandfather is injured year old Ellen Toliver replaces him on a top secret patriotic mission Disguised as a boy she manages to smuggle a message to General George Washington

  • Title: Toliver's Secret
  • Author: Esther Wood Brady
  • ISBN: 9780679848042
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • When her grandfather is injured, 10 year old Ellen Toliver replaces him on a top secret patriotic mission Disguised as a boy, she manages to smuggle a message to General George Washington.

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    1. I read this book aloud to my children. It is an historical fiction adventure set in New York in the 1700s.Ten year-old Ellen Toliver is a meek and mild girl, who is often bullied by another girl named Dicey. Grandfather encourages Ellen to stand up for herself and talk back to Dicey, but Mother is against the advice reminding Ellen that her late father would not approve because he wanted his daughter to be ladylike. Grandfather huffs that Ellen can still have pretty manners while being bold when [...]

    2. I read this aloud with my children (ages 9, 7 & 5) and we all greatly enjoyed this courageous historical fiction tale of a young girl carrying a secret message through enemy lines during the Revolutionary War and all the crazy circumstances she faced. A great read if you are studying this time period in American history. The kids were begging for more with each reading.

    3. This is the first book I checked out when I got my first library card . . . at 12. I was a late bloomer of a reader, I confess. I credit this book, along with Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, with changing my life forever. I became a reader because of them.

    4. What a great read out loud! I read this to my kids - ten and six - and they really enjoyed it. Set during the American Revolutionary War, the main character has to face her fears and learn courage and bravery. It's a gentle introduction to the tensions of war and the world back then. It's also a fun and exciting read, with short chapters.

    5. Toliver's Secretby Esther Wood Brady is about a little girl named Ellen who learns that her grandfather is a Patriot spy! He gets injured the day he is supposed to fulfill an important assignment, and Ellen is the only one who can take his place. Join Ellen on this fast-paced adventure as she travels across bays, comes face-to-face with British soldiers, and more! She even does this all disguised as a boy! I give this book a five-star rating, because the book is very detailed and suspenseful! It [...]

    6. The book Toliver's Secret, by Esther Wood Brady, is about a girl named Ellen Toliver who goes on a amazing mission to deliver a loaf of bread to someone in her grandfathers place. Will she be able to do this without getting caught? I definitely rate this book a five star book because it has a mix of history and adventure and even some mystery.If you love history books or books about adventure than this is the book for you!

    7. gr 4-6 166 pgsAmerican Revolution, NYC / Elizabeth, NJ. 10 year old Ellen has never been brave. Every morning, she avoids the water pump nearest her house to avoid the bully who hangs out there. When her grandfather is injured, he tells Ellen that she must make a dangerous journey to NJ by herself. At first, Ellen wants to refuse until she learns that without her help a very important message to other patriots in NJ won't be delivered. Great story

    8. Toliver's Secret is about a girl named Ellen and the day her grandfather is supposed to go on a very important mission he sprained his ankle, so who's going to go deliver the the special secret? Ellen of course! Join Ellen on her mission to delver the message, all while disguising to be a boy!

    9. There are never enough books to read to my kids on the topic of doing hard things for good and although I liked the idea that a spy gave General George Washington insider info that led to him attack the British on Christmas, I believe he designed his plan of attack through prayer, strategic planning in council and inspiration from God. He was desperate for a win after some horrible losses and we know he prayed for God's help. The only thing missing from this book, in my opinion, was uttered pray [...]

    10. I'm enjoying reading some books that highlight the parts that some young children played in the American Revolution. This was a fun little story of a 10 yo girl's adventure as she attempted to get a secret message through enemy lines.

    11. I like this book about in history 1776 in south story kid name Ellen Toliver was shock about his grandfather is a patriot spy meaning that kid want secret and can't tell anyone if happen or caught then will dead.

    12. Children's fiction set in the Revolutionary War. This is about a girl who dresses up as a boy to take a dangerous package through enemy lines.

    13. This book was very engaging. My daughter and I both loved the adventure and wondered if Ellen would succeed at her mission. We got to the last few chapters and just had to finish it.

    14. This was a quick and easy historical fiction book for the kids, set during the American Revolution in NYC. I liked it not only for its value for teaching about that time period, but also because the 10-year-old heroine of the book starts off as timid and fearful but by the end of the book, she has overcome so many obstacles and faced so many fears that she is confident enough to stand up to the bully that's been plaguing her for weeks. It's not a very complex story, and it's not a very realistic [...]

    15. Age: 8 - 12 Reading Level: 3rd - 6th gradesCleanliness:Children's Bad WordsMild Obscenities & Substitutions - 1 Incident: dratName Calling - 3 Incidents: idiot, idiots, Lobsterbacks (a derogatory term for British soldiers during the Revolution)Romance Related - 1 Incident: Mentions flirting: "She ran up to two redcoats who stood on the steps of a bakeshop, eating hot little pies while they flirted with a group of kitchen maids."Conversation Topics - 3 Incidents: A reference to officers in th [...]

    16. As a kid, this was one of my favorite books, because Ellen is a such an exciting character. I was thrilled with the idea of a 10-year-old girl taking on British soldiers to help bring victory to the hard-scrabble Americans, a girl who was my age, who had real fears, and faced down incredible danger to carry out a secret mission! Maybe it was Ellen's quick thinking and boldness that won me over, but I so wanted to be her--I read this book over and over! Now I recommend it especially to my fourth [...]

    17. Paul-man and I sent this book to Rae for her birthday. It was recommended by another library school student, and I got it from the library so I could read it, too. It was a charming story about being brave even when you think you don't have it in you to be brave. Plus, it gives a palpable sense of what it may have been like to have been a child in an occupied city.One of my favorite scenes took place between Ellen Tolliver and Mr. Higgins, a kindly British soldier who befriended her while crossi [...]

    18. Toliverś Secret by Esther Wood Brady is about a young girl named Ellen Toliver. Ellen is surprised on day when she finds out her grandfather is a patriot spy. Then her grandfather gets injured on the day when he was suppost to deliver a secret message crucial to the US for winning the Revolutionary War. It is now up to her to take the secret message to Elizabeth-Town where a carrier who will deliver it to George Washington. Join Ellen as she faces many many trials on her way to Elizabeth town . [...]

    19. This book is about a kid toliver who's dad got killed by the brittish and toliver had to go on a ship with the british he was not thrilled about it. It talks about a snuff box and it tells you when he gives it back to him there is a locket necklaces.It was a great book but i wish it talked about the snuff box a little bit more. Other than that i would totally recomand this book. This book has alot of supence. There's this girl named Ellen Toliver, and she is 11 years old. her grandfather is a sp [...]

    20. It was a wonderful book it kept me on the edge of my seat and also it was pretty good for a story about war and spies. I think Ellen was a brave girl for acting as a spy and to deliver a secret message inside a loaf of bread. She was also brave because she fought off big strong soldiers and a pig,boys, and saved the bread from getting eaten by a pig. Next, she saved herself from a old lady trying to take her pants off, she fought her off so she wouldn't find out she was a girl and get her grandf [...]

    21. This is a wonderful book set during the Revolutionary War about a girl whose courage (or severe lack thereof) is put to the test when she must carry out her Grandfather's mission of delivering a secret message to George Washington. The author does a great job of drawing the reader in, fleshing out her characters well and weaving historical tidbits that add greatly to the atmosphere. We like the full-page black & white watercolor illustrations and have been really enjoying this story. I think [...]

    22. Another read-aloud that my son and I read together for his History. I am really enjoying the fact that along with reading the history of the US, my son gets to experience what he's learning through the eyes of a child in this book. The bravery and courage that little Ellen Toliver somehow finds through the course of the story is a timeless lesson for every child (and maybe some grown-ups, too). This was yet another book that my son was begging me to read more of at the end of each chapter!

    23. I read this book and thought it was great. It was about a girl who was afraid of standing up for herself especially the bully that yells at her everyday at the water pump. Her grandfather is a spy for Washington during the war. He has baked a special message inside a loaf of bread and is going to send it to Washington. When Ellen's grandpa twists his ankle, Ellen is the only one to deliver the message

    24. We read this story as part of our homeschool history lessons and were pleasantly surprised by it! The story held the attention of my 11 yr old daughter and my 8 yr old son so much so that we read chapter 6 to the end in one sitting! Once the story started unfolding it really pulled us in and with Ellen Toliver having to overcome one obstacle after another, you just don't want to put the book down!

    25. Fun and informative story about a timid 10-year old girl, Ellen Toliver, who has to run a message across enemy lines during the American Revolution. She runs into quite a few problems but gains confidence as she figures out how to handle them and accomplish her mission. A little history, a little suspense, fun and easy to read. I think it would be great to read with a girl who may struggle with assertiveness, as she could relate to Ellen's feelings and perhaps be inspired by her courage.

    26. I'm not sure why I resisted reading this book for so long. A spy story set during the Revolutionary War, I can see it appealing to both boys and girls (the main character is a ten year old girl, impersonating a boy in order to deliver a secret to General Washington). What a great historical novel that keeps childrens' interest quite easily throughout her misfortunes and adventures. It's a book about loyalty and bravery that every child should read!

    27. Enjoyable read about a young girl who delivered a secret message for her grandfather during the Revolutionary War. Most of the action happens within a two day period, so it is fast paced. The girl begins as a timid and scared child, but as she rises up to each challenge, the reader sees her growing in courage and confidence as her love for her family helps her to press through her fears. I read it out loud to my 11-year-old son, and he thought it was a great story.

    28. My children and I read this as part of our homeschool to learn what it was like during the Revolutionary War. I found it quite hard to believe that they would use a 10 year old girl to deliver a secret message to the spies across the harbor all by herself. If things like that did happen, I ache for those children. My kids liked it.

    29. Provides a different and interesting perspective during the Revolutionary War that 4th and 5th graders can really connect with since the main character is 10 years old. It would be a great read aloud over a week or two in those grades to really get the children interested in learning about the Revolutionary War.

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