(From the publisher):
Do you tell the truth when it will hurt someone you love?
This question plagues young Anne Henry, daughter of the famous statesman Patrick Henry. The Henry household is full of secrets...and they are threatening to destroy the very fabric of the family. Anne's mother, Sarah, is slowly losing her mind and is confined to the cellar of their home because she is a danger to both herself and her children. And young Anne has a secret of her own. She knows which child has inherited Sarah's madness, and she'll pay any price to protect her siblings from this information.
With insight and compassion, Ann Rinaldi explores the possiblity that Patrick Henry's immortal cry "Give me liberty, or give me death" was first spoken by his wife, Sarah, as she pleaded to be released from her confinement. Told from the point of view of the Henry children, Or Give Me Death eloquently depicts the secret life and tremendous burdens borne by one famous American and his family during a time of political turmoil and impending war.
Original title: Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry's Family
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ United States and Canada→ Revolutionary War