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Twice Betrayed by [C. Krause, Gayle]
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The thread of friendship is stretched to the breaking point…

With the spark of independence crackling in Colonial Philadelphia, Perdy Rogers chafes under the strict rule of her Quaker grandmother and the endless duties of her apprenticeship in Betsy Ross’s upholstery shop. So when her best friend shares a secret and invites Perdy to help plan an elopement, she’s thrilled to be with her friends again. But Perdy has no idea that one favor will unravel the stable fabric of her life and involve her in a tangled web of deceit, lies and treachery.

Disguised as boys, three girls head to the river to put Perdy’s plan into action, but only two return. When the third, a young milliner’s assistant, is found drowned with gold coins sewn into her hems, coded spy letters in her bodice, and a journal implicating another sewing apprentice as her co-conspirator, all eyes turn to Perdy Rogers. But she’s no spy!

Accused of treason, she struggles to prove her innocence with the help of a handsome stranger and learns the hard way that freedom, whether an individual’s or a country’s, comes at a cost.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Trowbridge Books; 1 edition (2 April 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06Y11G64C
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 30 April 2017
By Bethany Swafford - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Prudence Rogers is apprentice in Betsy Ross' upholstery shop. This young teen longs to have the freedom to spend time with her friends. When the opportunity arises to lend them a helping hand, she takes it, little realizing the consequences that will come her way.

I found the historical details of life in Colonial Pennsylvania to be the most interesting part of the book. Prudence, or Perdy as she is commonly known, was not especially memorable in any way. I felt like shouting at her, though, to stop telling lies and to tell her grandmother what happened. My favorite character had to be her much younger sister, who was adorable in every scene.

There were two points I did not like: the first person present tense telling of the book, which I've just never liked. And then the romance. I may be mistaken but I thought Perdy was thirteen, which made the romantic interest from the kind sailor who helps her through the book a little distasteful.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book through Loving the Book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Twice Betrayed: Historical fiction for middle grade girls 5 June 2017
By Carol Baldwin - Published on
I enjoy books that pull me into a character's life and predicament from the opening chapter. By the time I turned the page into Chapter 2, I wanted to know how almost-14-year-old Perdy Rogers would be involved in the upcoming American Revolution and if she would help her friend elope. That's a lot for author Gayle Krause, to accomplish in the first six pages of her upper middle grade book, TWICE BETRAYED.

On the eve of the Revolution, Perdy is an apprentice to Betsy Ross, the alleged maker of the first American flag. She'd rather be visiting with her friends, Lizzie and Jane Ann, than be stuck in a small room sewing ascots or reupholstering a chair for Benjamin Franklin. So when Jane Ann enlists her help in distracting the ferrymen at the river so their friend Priscilla can elope, Perdy is faced with her Save the Cat debate:

"I'm torn. A chance to help my friends and do something exciting, but Mam [her grandmother with whom she lives] would never let me go. It means sneaking out after dark. "That late at night?" (p. 7)
Since this is an action-packed story, I'm sure you can guess which path Perdy chooses. That decision, and her idea that the girls should dress as boys in order to distract the ferryman, are like falling dominoes which bring one trouble after another into Perdy's life.

Bad things happen quickly. Her sister, Abby, falls in the river and despite being rescued by Darach, a young sailor, gets deathly sick. Priscilla and her fiancé drown and are thought to be spies for the British. Government officials accuse Perdy of also being a spy and Jane Ann doesn't come to her defense. Darach sends her heart racing, but she's not sure if she can trust him either. On and on it goes with even the people at the Quaker meeting house unwilling to shake her hand. In the end, her willingness to stand up for the truth and Darach's bold rescue bring her out of death's snares and into a new life. The action packed chapters kept my interest and showed me how important it is to include conflict in each scene.

One of my favorite parts is when Perdy pieces together scraps left from Miss Betsy's flag making into a quilt for Abby.
I finish the last seam. All the red and white stripes, are at last, sewn together. The five-pointed stars are easy to make. A fold. A snip. And then a start. Miss Betsy taught me well. Someday, I'll show Abby this trick too. I quickly cut enough white stars to form a circle on the dark blue square. Twelve in all.
Just then, Abby clunks up the stairs to remind me of dinner.
She picks my sample pattern off the floor and places it in the center of the star circle. "Here's another star, Perdy."
"I don't need it." I move it to the side.

"Yes, use it. I found it. Put my star on too."
I take the sample star from her move it around the circle of twelve. There's no room in it, so I place it in the middle, but it's too small. The design is off-balance.
Abby reaches up and moves two of the stars. "Put them closer, Perdy, then mine can fit."
More than anything, I want to see Abby happy, so I rearrange the stars until all thirteen form a circle on the blue square, like the constellation in my dream.
"My star is on the quilt too." Abby claps.
"Abby, do you see this circle of stars?"
She nods.
Remember, you can never get lost if you keep moving in a circle. You'll always end up where you started." (p. 127)

This theme of "coming full circle" is repeated in the book and in fact, the book ends where it began: Perdy going on a new adventure--this time with Darach at her side. (Or, in Save the Cat language, the opening and final images bookend the story.)

The Winged Pen blog recently ran a post by Gita Trelease on the importance of research when writing historical fiction. She wrote, "Tiny details can be time machines" and what counts is creating historical authenticity. From the details about the buttons, ribbons, clothing, uniforms, boats, laws, and government to the shops which lined the streets of colonial Philadelphia, TWICE BETRAYED weaves an authentic tapestry for a story that girls from 10-14 will enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great historical fiction 14 May 2017
By LitPick Student Book Reviews - Published on
Thirteen-year old Prudence Charlotte Rogers’s life is lonely. While her friends are spending time together, she is apprenticed to Miss Betty Ross and spends all her time sewing. As you can imagine, she is delighted when her friends tell her they need her help. Her friend Priscilla is betrothed without her parents' consent and needs to travel across the Delaware River to marry. Prudence agrees to plan a distraction, and she receives a red ribbon from Priscilla in return. Prudence decides that she and her friend, Jane Ann, will dress as boys going fishing and pretend to be in grave danger, while her other friend, Lizzie, stalls her father, the constable.

The next day, Prudence is shocked when her grandmother tells her that Priscilla and James (Priscilla's husband-to-be) were found drowned in the Delaware River. A letter with invisible ink hidden between the lines was found on Priscilla’s dead body. Prudence becomes even more upset when the constable arrives at her house and accuses her of being a traitor. After that, nearly everyone shuns her, including her friends. Lizzie’s parents send her to a boarding school so that Prudence cannot interact with her. Jane Ann is forbidden to talk to with Prudence. This leaves her very lonely. To make it all worse, the constable calls her to court and because of her red ribbon, tries to prove her guilty. She turns to Jane Ann for assistance, but even Jane Ann betrays her. What will she do? Who will save her? And who is the REAL traitor?

Twice Betrayed is a shocking book about the danger of spies during the Revolutionary War. It mixes truths with myths and twirls it into a mighty whirlwind. The plot tugs on your heart and pulls you in with its intense action. The end is a perfect conclusion to a great book. Twice Betrayed by Gayle C. Krause will make you laugh, gasp, and most certainly cry. If you don’t read this book, you are missing a very enthralling, exciting, and amazing story.

Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age: 11

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Twice Betrayed is a wonderful, emotional, thrilling book full of romance, mystery, and excellent historical integrations.

Prudence Charlotte Rodgers, or Perdy, is a thirteen-year-old girl who is apprenticed to Miss Betty Ross at a sewing shop. Because of this annoying job, Perdy unfortunately almost never finds any time to hang out with her friends. So when Lizzie and Jane Ann come by asking if Perdy would like to help them with something, Perdy readily agrees to join in. However, when an innocent little escapade one night turns ugly the next day, Perdy’s life is turned upside down.

Now Perdy is being accused of aiding a British spy! She is isolated from her friends and is even called to court because of misleading evidence found in her bedroom. Betrayed by one friend, aided by another, and then betrayed again, will Perdy be found innocent or guilty? Can she restore her name?
This story is brilliant as it easily relates to the reader’s emotional senses and the need for justice. As readers follow Perdy, the main character, through this mystery, they will find themselves being drawn into an effortless tale woven together by both myth and truth. While the readers are attempting to solve the mystery of who is the real traitor along with Perdy, they also learn about the very real threat that spies posed to the U.S. during the Revolutionary War. Twice Betrayed is a marvelous historical-fiction mystery book that any teenager will enjoy!

Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age: 14
4.0 out of 5 stars It's no secret that I really like historical stories 20 June 2017
By C. Collier - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
It's no secret that I really like historical stories, so I was excited to read this one.

First impressions: I was a bit surprised by the age of the protagonist after staring at the pretty cover. Because of the cover, I went in thinking this was YA, but it turned out to be an age category that would be hard to define in our modern minds. Because of the era, kids grew up much faster and became "adults" at an earlier younger. Thus, I suppose a 13 (almost 14) yr old protagonist would be comparable to our modern day 17 yr old protagonist...except that the thought process of a 17 yr old is quite different from a 13 yr old.

But don't let that put you off. The story world was one I enjoyed inhabiting. The relationship between the characters and the rich background kept me loving the voice of this narrative.

I saw this as a cautionary tale that the truth is ALWAYS the best way to go. In that regard, it seems better fitting for an MG audience than YA. It was hard to swallow the injustices that face a young woman in the time era, but not unbelievable. I would have loved for Perdy to fight her own battles a little earlier on, but she does grow into her new role.

The end... Truth, I wanted to book to end differently. I wanted justice to come to ALL members of the cast, but I realize that may not be realistic for the time period. Still, *spoiler warning* I had some trouble with the solution of running away. I also struggled with King D being the one to solve most the problems. And how did he escape his ship duties without issue anyway? *end of spoilers*

All in all, I enjoyed this story and look forward to passing it on to my daughter.

Content warning: Era-based injustice to women/children.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Historical Fiction 20 May 2017
By Amy - Published on
Thirteen year old, Perdy Rogers just wants to be like any regular teenage girl. She wants to be with her friends and enjoy the life of a young woman. That is easier said than done. Under the strict rule of her grandmother and working as an apprentice to Betsy Ross, Perdy finds she has no spare time to give. When shared a secret and is invited to help in a plan for her friend’s elopement, she jumps at the chance to be with her friends again. Little does Perdy know that this secret takes her down the path of lies, deceit, and treachery. She is accused of being a spy. Perdy is then on the journey to prove her innocence with the help of a handsome stranger. Will Perdy be able to prove to everyone she is no spy and that freedom comes with a heavy price?
I really enjoyed this story. Based during the time of the great American Revolutionary War and Colonial Philadelphia gaining independence, this is one of my most favorite time periods to read. I enjoyed the historical facts surrounded by Perdy’s adventures. I found myself turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen and how Perdy was going to clear her name.
If you enjoy a simple cute read along with historical events this is the book for you. An easy read for middle grade historical fiction and all ages.
Please note I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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