Hamilton and Peggy! A revolutionary friendship

Laura Elliott, 1957-

Book - 2018

In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Among those friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who becomes romantically involved with her sister, Eliza.

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Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Romance fiction
Published
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
436 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 13-17.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-436).
ISBN
0062671308
9780062671301
Main Author
Laura Elliott, 1957- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Peggy Schuyler has grown used to her place among her sisters, not quite as clever as Angelica, or as pretty as Eliza, but capable of helping them both out in times of need. As the Revolutionary War comes ever-closer to the door of their family home, Peggy finds herself yearning for a more active role in assisting her father, but instead she ends up in the service of Alexander Hamilton, a young general determined to win Eliza's heart. Elliott has written an engaging novel that, like Alex & Eliza: A Love Story (2017), by Melissa de la Cruz, successfully navigates the challenge of maintaining historical accuracy while upholding the personalities popularized by the musical Hamilton that readers will expect to see. But where the Broadway show shunted Peggy to the side, here she is showcased as a strong protagonist who is confident in the best possible ways. Her memorable story will keep readers interested from start to finish, even if they already know how it will end. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Elliott (Suspect Red) combines a flair for fiction with masterly research to create a dense yet eminently readable story about Peggy Schuyler, third daughter of Gen. Philip Schuyler, one of George Washington's right-hand men. Spanning the period from 1777 through 1781, as Peggy ages from 19 to 23, the book presents day-to-day life in Albany and its environs during the Revolutionary War years through the eyes of a young woman witnessing some of its most momentous events, detailing both the ordinary and extraordinary through her perceptive point of view. Well educated and sharp-witted (but feeling inferior to her older sisters), Peggy is a strong and appealing protagonist who eventually takes on a role in her father's clandestine work as an intelligence officer. Elliott does a remarkable job of humanizing important historical figures; despite the title, Hamilton is just one of several intriguing people in Peggy's sphere. While the extensive detail on military and intelligence operations may overwhelm some readers, the "stubborn, defiant, willful" Peggy will win their hearts as she forges on to take her place alongside her older sisters. Ages 13–up. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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.—Nicole Coover-Thompson, Maine West High School, Des Plaines, IL Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The best-selling author of Between the States presents a richly detailed historical novel inspired by the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and Peggy Schuyler, describing how the latter was challenged by the realities of war to distinguish herself from her remarkable sisters and make her own mark on history. 35,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Among those friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who becomes romantically involved with her sister, Eliza.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

During the American Revolution, Peggy Schuyler tries to distinguish herself from her beloved sisters and becomes friends with a flirtatious aide-de-camp named Alexander Hamilton.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Drawing from historical journals and letters, New York Times bestselling author Laura Elliot weaves a richly detailed tale about the extraordinary Peggy Schuyler and her revolutionary friendship with Alexander Hamilton. Perfect for fans of the smash musical sensation Hamilton.Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she's existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. But it's in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. When a flirtatious aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, writes to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. A fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught in the same war as her father, and the danger to all their lives is real.Everything is a battlefield'from the frontlines to their carefully coded letters'but will Peggy's bravery's and intelligence be enough to keep them all safe? Bank Street College Best Book of the Year (Historical Fiction, 2019) * 2018 Grateful American Book Prize Honorable Mention

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Drawing from historical journals and letters, New York Times bestselling author Laura Elliot weaves a richly detailed tale about the extraordinary Peggy Schuyler and her revolutionary friendship with Alexander Hamilton. Perfect for fans of the smash musical sensation Hamilton.Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she’s existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. But it’s in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. When a flirtatious aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, writes to Peggy asking for her help in wooing the earnest Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea. A fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught in the same war as her father, and the danger to all their lives is real.Everything is a battlefield—from the frontlines to their carefully coded letters—but will Peggy’s bravery’s and intelligence be enough to keep them all safe? Bank Street College Best Book of the Year (Historical Fiction, 2019) * 2018 Grateful American Book Prize Honorable Mention