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Promises to the Dead
 
 
Author
Mary Downing Hahn.
Publisher Sandpiper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780547258386
Pages/Publication Date 202/2000
Daedalus Item Code 23745
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(Named a Best Children's Book of 2001, Bank Street College of Education) When Jesse goes down to the marsh one fateful day in 1861, he only expects to find a turtle for making terrapin soup. Instead, he comes across Lydia, a runaway slave who is dying, and who makes Jesse promise he'll take her young son Perry to a relative in Baltimore. Aiding and abetting a slave is against the law, and it also goes against everything Jesse has been taught to believe. But Jesse can't break a promise to the dead, and more important, he has to do what he knows in his heart to be right—even with rioting in Baltimore and a ferocious slave catcher on his heels. The winner of both the Edgar Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Mary Downing Hahn is renowned for her spine-tingling ghost stories and for historical tales like this one, for readers 10 and up.

"Hahn skillfully blends the language and customs of the Civil War era with an exciting plot. Phrases, such as a 'bilious' uncle, a 'daring deed', and 'the big house', lend an authenticity to the story, as does Judge Baxter's statement, 'My son would never miscegenate with a slave!' With a comfortable place in history, an appropriate sprinkling of expressions of the times, and a genuine conflict for the protagonist, this solid historical novel will appeal to most younger teens."—VOYA

 
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