Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 by Joyce HansenDear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 by Joyce Hansen

Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff…

byJoyce Hansen

Reinforced Library Binding | July 1, 2011

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Joyce Hansen's Coretta Scott King Honor Book I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly is now back in print with a gorgeous new package!

In this Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Patsy, an orphaned slave with a bad leg and a quiet nature, is considered slow by the Davis family. But Patsy's smart-smart enough to learn to read and write on the sly. After the Civil War ends and slavery is abolshed, Patsy believes Master Davis's promise to pay the former house slaves and to provide education for the slave children. But when the master ignores this promise to establish a school, and the Freedmen's Bureau cannot provide a teacher, Patsy steps in to teach the students to read and write.

Hansen fills Patsy's diary with courage, conviction, and hope as she strives toward freedom.

Joyce Hansen has been writing books and stories for children and young adults for over twenty years. For many years, Ms. Hansen was a Ney York City public schoolteacher. She has since retired and presently lives with her husband in South Carolina, where she writes full-time.
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Title:Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff…Format:Reinforced Library BindingDimensions:224 pages, 7.69 × 5.56 × 0.81 inPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545280907

ISBN - 13:9780545280907

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Praise for the Dear America series:

"An imaginative, solid entrée into American histroy." -Publishers Weekly

"A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries." -Children's Book Review Service

"Engaging, accessible historical fiction." -School Library Journal

"The Dear America diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age." -Chicago Tribune