Hoofbeats: Silence and Lily, 1773
Silence is a typical twelve-year-old colonial girl. Her main concerns are learning tea manners with her friends, her too-numerous chores, and envying her older brother’s freer lifestyle. Her greatest pleasure is the time she can steal away with her mare, Lily. But her mother thinks she spends too much time doting on the horse and should find more serious, ladylike pursuits. It is 1773 in Boston, and the interactions between the colonists and British are becoming increasingly tense, coming to a head with the Boston Tea Party. Silence’s freedoms are also restricted as her Loyalist parents try to keep their family safe. But not everyone in Silence’s household sympathizes with the British. And when Silence learns someone is sneaking out at night and endangering her beloved horse, she has to decide where her own loyalties lie. This is a well-paced book with sympathetic characters written for a middle-grade audience. Fans of American Girl-type historical fiction should enjoy this as well.