Nettie's Trip South by Ann Turner

Nettie's Trip South

byAnn TurnerIllustratorRonald Himler

Picture Books | March 31, 1987

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As Nettie writes to her friend Addie about her trip from Albany, New York, to Richmond, Virginia, she remembers all the things she saw and heard in that pre-Civil War South. She remembers the sweet cedar smell in the air -- but she also remembers Tabitha, the black slave in her hotel who has no last name. She remembers seeing the slave quarters at a nearby plantation, with the heaps of rags in the corners for beds. But most of all she remembers the slave auction, where a woman is sold "like a sack of flour"; and she thinks about what their lives would be like, if she and Addie were slaves...
Based on the real diary of the author's great-grandmother, this is a powerful and deeply moving account of one girl's reaction to slavery in the South. Once read and seen through the eyes of master illustrator Ronald Himler, it is not soon forgotten.

About The Author

Ann Turner is the talented author of a number of books for young people, including Dakota Dugout (an ALA Notable Book), Tickle a Pickle, and Third Girl from the Left. She has also written nonfiction and poetry. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, where she enjoys gardening, sailing, and cooking.

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Title:Nettie's Trip SouthFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.5 inPublished:March 31, 1987Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0027892409

ISBN - 13:9780027892406

Appropriate for ages: 7

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Introducing children to the horror of slavery, Nettie’s Trip South tells readers about a 10-year-old northern girl, visiting Richmond, Virginia where she witnesses a slave auction. What is her reaction? In this engrossing historical novel, Nettie finds herself wondering what it would be like to be black, since she can’t see any other difference between herself and the slaves.