For Felicity, 1776 starts off with good news. Her beloved horse, Penny, is going to have a foal Felicity has one worry--Jiggy Nye. He has been cruel to Penny in the past. Will he be cruel to her again? Soon Felicity has more worries. Her family believes in independence for the colonies. But the family of Elizabeth, Felicity's best friend, believes in loyalty to the king. Suddenly, Elizabeth's father is jailed for being a Loyalist. Will Felicity and Elizabeth's friendship survive the many changes that both girls face?
As war between the Patriots and Loyalists looms, Felicity faces changes at home and in her relationship with her best friend, Elizabeth. Part of the "American Girls" series.
emmejo, September 21, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Felicity's new year starts out well with the news that her horse Penny is going to have a foal. But things go downhill from there. She finds out that Mr. Nye, the man who abused Penny is in jail. Although she is glad he can't hurt Penny anymore she starts to feel sorry for him. Jails in those days required that you pay for blankets or medicine and if you don't have money you are likely to die. Mr. Nye has no money and Felicity wonders if maybe if she does something nice for him he will stay away from Penny. Her grandfather agrees, but soon falls ill. Felicity now has even more worries.
I really liked this book when I was younger. I liked that Felicity was able to resolve her conflict with Mr. Nye. The characters felt very real.
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