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The Fifth of March

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The Fifth of March is a 1993 novel about the Boston Massacre (of March 5, 1770, pre-Revolutionary War) by historian and author Ann Rinaldi, who was also the author of many other historical fiction novels such as Girl in Blue and A Break with Charity. This book is about a young fourteen year-old indentured servant girl named Rachel Marsh who finds herself changing as she meets many people, including young Matthew Kilroy, a British private in the 29th regiment.

Rachel Marsh falls in love with the young Matthew Kilroy and continues to help him even after he is sent to jail for murder. She wants the people she works for, John Adams, to help him and 8 other soildiers out of jail, but that would ruin his career. In the end John Adams does help the soldiers, but two of them including Matthew are accused of manslaughter. Matthew is shipped back to England. Also Rachel is reinstated to another family for John Adams and his family are going back to Braintree.

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