Wolf by the Ears - December 1819 Summary & Analysis

Ann Rinaldi
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December 1819 Summary

Wolf by the Ears is a fictionalized account of Harriet Hemings, the possible illegitimate daughter of Thomas Jefferson. While this novel embraces a controversial subject, it is a beautiful story of a young woman's struggle to understand the world she lives in and her place in that world. Ann Rinaldi is an award-winning writer who once again brings to life a small piece of history for young adults to explore and enjoy.

Harriet Hemings has only been allowed inside the master's bedrooms twice, and today is one of those moments. Harriet's mother, Sally Hemings, who is the master's wardrobe mistress, asks Harriet to help her carry a tray of tea to the master. This day, the first snowfall of the season has arrived, and Harriet's brothers are outside sweeping the snow from the east portico. They are therefore unable to help Sally, as...

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