Ann Rinaldi (August 27, 1934 – July 1, 2021)[1] was an American journalist and young adult fiction author.[2] She was best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father's House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, Numbering All The Bones and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons.[3][4] She wrote more than forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA. In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was listed as one of the best novels of the preceding twenty-five years, and later of the last one hundred years. She also wrote for the Dear America series.[5]

Ann Rinaldi
Born(1934-08-27)August 27, 1934
New York City, U.S.
DiedJuly 1, 2021(2021-07-01) (aged 86)
Branchburg, New Jersey, U.S.
GenreYoung adult fiction

Her career, prior to being an author, was a newspaper columnist. She continued the column, called "The Trentonian", through much of her writing career. Her first published novel, Term Paper, was written in 1979.[3][4]




  • A Ride into Morning: The Story of Tempe Wick (1991)
  • A Break with Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials (1992)
  • The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (1993)
  • Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold (1994)
  • The Secret of Sarah Revere (1995)
  • Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (1996)
  • An Acquaintance with Darkness (1997)
  • Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South (1998)
  • The Coffin Quilt: The Feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys (1999)
  • The Staircase (2000)
  • Girl in Blue (2001), ISBN 0-439-07336-7
  • Numbering All the Bones (2002)
  • Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry's Family (2003), ISBN 0-15-216687-4
  • An Unlikely Friendship: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley (2007), ISBN 0-15-205597-5
  • Come Juneteenth (2007), ISBN 0-15-205947-4
  • The Ever-After Bird (2007), ISBN 0-15-202620-7
  • Juliet's Moon. Graphia. 2010. ISBN 9780547258744. OCLC 299713030.
  • The Letter Writer (2008)

Dear America


Quilt Trilogy





  1. ^ "Obituary: Ann Rinaldi" - Shannon Maughan. July 15, 2021. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Maughan |, Shannon. "Obituary: Ann Rinaldi". Retrieved 2024-02-21.
  3. ^ a b "Ann Rinaldi" in Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Vandergrift, Kay E. (January 17, 1999). "Learning about Ann Rinaldi". Rutgers University. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Kelly, Katie (2023-01-04). "Reading with a Critical Lens: Revisiting the "Dear America" series". BookBuzz with Lester Laminack and Katie Kelly. Retrieved 2024-02-21.