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A midsummer night's dream
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Gr 6-9-Abby, a 13-year-old slave, is living on Hammond Plantation in Virginia when the Civil War ends. She wants to go to "freedom," although she is not sure where that is. Mamie, who raised her, and Pap, feel that they are too old to start elsewhere. Abby is desperate to find out about her mother, who disappeared when Abby was a baby, and wonders why no one will answer her questions about her. Eventually the teen learns the truth about her parents and prepares to be reunited with her mother. Hart gives readers a glimpse into the tragic state of the South at the close of the war and the plight of the freed slaves. Although it has a slow start and the ending is a bit too neat, this novel offers an interesting look at a sad time in this nation's history. The characters are depicted as real people with faults as well as good points. The book will give some readers a better grasp of the effects of the war on everyone.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
ABBY IS FREE FROM SLAVERY BUT NOT FROM THE SECRETS OF HER PAST...<br> It's 1865 in the conquered South and things are not as they were before the war. Thirteen-year-old Abby Joyner still lives on the plantation where she was raised but she and her grandparents are free now and continue on for a small salary.<br> One thing is the same as it has always been, though -- Abby does not know what became of her mother. Why won't anyone tell her? Abby is determined to find the truth behind her disappearance. But answers are few and she is about to discover that, like freedom, the truth is harder to come by than she could have imagined.
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