“This book in the series takes place on a plantation in South Carolina just after the end of the Civil War. Patsy, our diary writer, is now a former slave trying to figure out what it means to be “free”. Being free seems to be almost the same as being a slave when many of the things promised to...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This book was kind of boring for me. I've read other Dear America books, but this one didn't have a huge plot twist or anything. It did have some good historical aspects and dates to remember after the Civil War time.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I almost didn't like this volume. Something about it was rather dull and listless. Maybe there wasn't enough plot or enough said. Maybe the whole story felt stagnant - nothing really changed or developed. Patsy was on the plantation the whole time and rarely seemed to have anything new to say. Also, the epilogue was ridiculously boring. I think maybe the author's style hit me badly. So far, probably the least interesting of the "Dear America" series. But it won't stop me from reading more.”Captain Blackbird wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book in the series takes place on a plantation in South Carolina just after the end of the Civil War. Patsy, our diary writer, is now a former slave trying to figure out what it means to be “free”. Being free seems to be almost the same as being a slave when many of the things promised to them do not materialize but Patsy is determined to be truly free.
This is truly a coming of age story – but not in your typical way. At the beginning of the book Patsy is quiet and perfectly content to hang out in the background. But as things start to change and she realizes that she has something that all her fellow men and women on the plantation need – the ability to read and write – she begins to find herself much more in demand and important. This happens in a very natural way, given the situation.
This story might be a little more difficult for younger readers to connect with especially if they don’t have a working knowledge of the Pre-Civil War and Reconstruction life for African-Americans. However, if they do have some knowledge of the times, this book gives an insightful view of what a former slave’s life might have been like immediately following the end of slavery.
The narrator did a pretty good job of nailing the manner with which the young Patsy speaks and fills her narration with the feeling of wonder and interest with everything. You really get the feeling that she is whispering her secrets to her journal in a corner like she would wish a friend.”
“Upper Elem #14
This book is about a slave who learned to read and write and whenthe teacher does not come she teaches other children. I think this would be a good book to read as you were talking about the end of slavery”
“She is a girl who writes in her little book.She is only 14 living like a slave.There are more slaves that live there to.Master and Mistress are the owners of the house.Mistress is mean to everybody in the house even her husband.Master does not bother any of them in the house cause mistress will get angry with him.The yankees told the slaves that they where free.A old woman asked if they will be punished if they do not work.The yankees said they will go to jail if they do not work for master and mistress.The people who work as slaves told the old woman that they are in this together and they are not giving up.Mistress got mad at the yankees for telling the slaves that they are free,she walked away from them.”ksal wrote this review Wednesday, February 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful book that teaches readers about the effects of slavery. The story of a young girl named Patsy who learns to read and write, then goes on to teach others. The book won a Coretta Scott Honor. The book discusses the freedom process of slaves and what it all entailed. ”Samantha wrote this review Sunday, December 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was kind of boring for me. I've read other Dear America books, but this one didn't have a huge plot twist or anything. It did have some good historical aspects and dates to remember after the Civil War time. ”Kirsten U wrote this review Wednesday, April 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“omg i think that it is sad that all of her friends are leaving her and she really wants to go with some of her friends. ”Olivia H wrote this review Friday, April 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Once again the history is right on and the characters are so believable. I love these diarys what a great way to learn about history.”Kathy G wrote this review Thursday, March 31, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a book about an African American girl at the end of the civil war. She has learned to read through her masters children. While the slave have been freed some arn't sure what to do yet. Patsy ends up teaching slaves in the area how to read. Soon everyone around her is leaving. In the end she decides to go with some slaves who are leaving.
I would use this book in a slavery unit to teach students how captivity might have been. I would also recommend it as a free read for any students interested in the civil war or slavery.”