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  • Unbound: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Books (Aug. 28 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770428878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770428877
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "conniesmith12" on March 3 2005
Format: Unbound
Phoebe Olcott's mother died when she was young and she had to look after herself and her father. He was a teacher in New Hampshire and in 1775 he went to war to fight for independence from England. He died and young Phoebe went to live with her relatives who were Loyalists. She is a timid girl but determined as she finds herself trying to complete a mission for her cousin who was caught and hung for being a Loyalist spy. She wants no part of this war that separates families and drives neighbours out of their homes with very little to survive on.
This well researched historical fiction tells the story of how one girl found the courage and strength to do what she believed was right unbeknown to the people that she joined as they traveled towards Canada where they would be safe. On the way, she proves herself useful by taking care of other young children that no one seems to want. She also finds a special love with Jem Morrisey.
Some people just have to grow up fast and in strange and difficult circumstances. Phoebe is a girl who puts many of the other characters in the story to shame as she rises through all her challenges to be a shining star.
I really enjoyed this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mags on Oct. 22 2001
Format: Hardcover
Very good book! I have never read a book on where the point of view was from a Loyalist. I think that this is very important, to show that they are human beings too! Phoebe Shows courage and impluse as she rushes off to deliver a message with only the river for direction. She meets Jem Morrisay on the way and learns even more, about love and life. I won't spoil the ending for you, but expect the unexpected. AN altogether successfully told and written story. I totally recommend it for you historical fiction lovers (thats me!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A grade 4 student on June 21 2006
Format: Unbound
Did you ever travel across the border just to help your dead cousin?

Well that's what Phoebe did.

In the middle of Revolutionary War, Phoebe's father was shot and the rebels hanged her favorite cousin. Phoebe was blamed for his death because her father was on the rebels' side of the war, so she decides to run away.

Phoebe and her cousin and his sister used to put little notes in a tree with a hole in it, and when Phoebe ran away, she put her hand in the hole and found a note signed before by her cousin for his general. When Phoebe read the note she didn't understand a word it said. Two days later Phoebe came upon a clearing, and in the clearing there were 20 or more tents. In one of the tents was the mother of the dead cousin and his sister. The sister, Sarah, hated Phoebe, and when she saw her she tried to hit her! At night Phoebe's aunt asked her why she ran away, so Phoebe showed her the note!

Phoebe made friends and a boyfriend (they got married).

Then it's Phoebe's turn to be brave! Will Phoebe survive? Will Phoebe be able to give the note to the general?

There are lots of adventures in this book!!!!

WARNING: This book is not recommended for kids under the age of 10 (even though I read it at the age of 9) because there is some kissing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15 2000
Format: Hardcover
Phoebe Olcott is amazing! She travelled all that distance tosave peoples lifes so the same fate that happened to Gideon would nothappen to others. Even though her father fought for the Americans and her uncle was a Loyalist she followed her own beliefs and struggles through the forest to met Jem Morrissay.
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By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 3 2009
Format: Unbound
i really enjoyed this book when i was younger, i had it purchased for me and read it more than once.

it is a story about a girl named phoebe in the time of the america revolution. phoebe's father was a rebel in the war and was killed, so she had to go live with her loyalist relatives. her elder cousin was fighting in the war as a loyalist, but was caught for being a spy and hanged. as children phoebe and her cousins were close and they would play games or send messages by leaving each other notes in a hollowed out tree. after her cousin's death, phoebe goes to this tree and discovers an undelivered mission that her cousin was unable to complete, so she takes it upon herself to deliver the message. she sets out on her own and travels over a mountain, picking up a stray cat and a bear cub on the way. after she got across the mountain she meets up with a group of loyalists travelling to canada so they won't be killed for supporting the king. and travels with them for a while before going to complete her mission.

i'm not sure whether or not this person actually existed in history, but if she didn't, this story sort of mimics the laura secord story. it's a fast paced novel with action, adventure, and a bit of romance. it's well researched and overall, and enjoyable read.
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By A Customer on March 1 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found The Hollow Tree to be a wonderful but sad book. The book got more and more interesting as it went along...I also found it interesting because it relates to American and Canadian history. The book was exciting throughout...
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