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I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America Series)
     

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America Series)

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by Joyce Hansen
 

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In this latest addition to the Dear America series, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author Joyce Hansen presents the inspiring story of Patsy, a freed girl who becomes a great teacher.

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In this latest addition to the Dear America series, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author Joyce Hansen presents the inspiring story of Patsy, a freed girl who becomes a great teacher.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
In this historical fiction selection from the "Dear America" series, the newly freed slaves of Davis Hall plantation of South Carolina find their lives in turmoil. Patsy has lived at Davis Hall for all of her life. Unfit for fieldwork due to a limp, she has tended to the master's niece and nephew, learning surreptitiously to read and write. The ending of the Civil War has brought, in theory, the long-sought freedom, but the former slaves are still tied to the plantation. For Patsy, it means being shuttled from one plantation job to another as workers leave. Then, when the promised teacher does not show up, she begins to tutor the young and old slaves. Armed with the ability to read and write, Patsy and her people are able to leave Davis Hall to seek a better life. While the story is told in the first person, it is done without dialect, which makes for an easier read. The author has included historical notes, maps and pictures from the period.
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
One title in the "Dear America" series of historical fiction novels, Patsy's story is based on the life of a servant girl and former slave in Mars Bluff, South Carolina. The diary details Patsy's life from April 1865 to January 1866, a critical point during emancipation and Reconstruction. Although Patsy's greatest desire is to learn to read and write and to educate other freed slaves, she suffers from the triple disabilities of stuttering, severe shyness, and a limp which results from having been born with one leg shorter than the other, leading everyone to assume that she is mute and slow-witted. When Patsy finally gathers the courage to show one of her fellow laborers that she has taught herself to read, her life begins to change radically. Far outdistancing the American Girl books in quality, this series excels in character development, accurate historical details, and interesting subplots about southern life during this era. Despite my own knowledge of slavery and what followed, I was struck by the freedoms that African-Americans enjoyed during Reconstruction that they all but lost until the 1960s. The diary entries combined with the rich historical information in the back of the book inform as they entertain. Both my understanding of and my emotional connection to the freedmen of the 1860s are forever altered as a result of my having read this novel. Even readers with no particular interest in history will find themselves enthralled by Patsy's story.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8--Set in the days following the Civil War, this novel, written in diary format, traces the thoughts, feeling, and events in the life of 12-year-old Patsy. Like many of the other freed slaves, Patsy remains at Davis Hall plantation to work for her former master for wages. As a joke, she had been given a blank book by Mrs. Davis's niece. Patsy, however, has secretly learned to read and write and now this diary serves as companion as she questions what freedom means, comments on the former slaves as they leave the plantation, wonders what will become of her (a disabled orphan), and writes of her hope to be a teacher. Hansen describes a time not often covered and, in doing so, increases understanding of the Reconstruction period. She never loses sight of the story, however, delivering enough suspense to keep her plot moving. An epilogue, historical note, reproductions of photos, words and music to "Free at Last," a gingerbread recipe, and maps round out the book.--Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590849135
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Dear America Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America Series) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly is an extremely rocking book. Going from an under recognized free slave, to a well known and loved teacher, Patsy really finds herslef, and takes pride in teaching children on Davis Hall Plantation in place of a true teacher, but in everyone elses eyes, Patsy is the true teacher. I highly recomend reading this book. It will forever be instilled in my head.
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I read this book when i was 10 years old and i still remember this book till this day. Its an amazing book, I learned so much from it took me a while to hunt it down glad i found it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was good but i didn't see very much action. it also made me mad that she never told anyone how smart she was or that she could read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down. I have read it over and over again. I feel like I am Patsy and I am there teaching the children. i highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most touching books I have ever read. I can relate to it and I am very amazed how the author brought the main character alive, based on slavery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it very touching it almost make me cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read It to my mom and she said that she liked it a lot . THe reason I liked it was that it shows kids what it was like to live in 1856. My mom isnt in to history books, but this one got her attiton, Fast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very touching. The lead character Patsy is very smart but everyone thinks she is stupid.I couldn't stop reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book was very interesting and had a lot of true facts about slavery but there could have been more details at the end , otherwise it was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought my soul would rise and fly is a great book. It showed me what might have happened in the old days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book soooooooooooooo interesting! That night I read it I couln't put it down. Pasty has many thoughts for the future and longs to be free once free she is very excited but... she doesn't know what freedom is until she moves away. Through many trials Pasty learns to love her master mistress and fellow servants. This is one of the most intreguing books in history. You must get it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. I have read twice so far.I must recommend that everybody read this book. Email me if you want to talk about this book and other Dear America books. Goodbye.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked this book up off the shelf in my school's library, I knew that it would be good. I savored every word that was written about Patsy, a girl who was once a slave, but was now freed. Recommended for EVERYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rules.I read this book in one day. Its the bomb. Yo people out there have to read it. Its about this girl called Patsy and she is in slavery times 1865,I read this book in one day she sneacks from her white master and then she learns how to read.I can't tell the whole story but you just have to read it. It taught me very many things and I am sure it will teach you too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I like to learn about history so it was a great book to me. I think that slavery is a terrible thing. It is also though is really touching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is about the trials of slavery and the good parts too! You can feel like you are in the story ! This book is very informal and I loved it! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I learned alot. The way the author wrote it helped me feel the character. I truly felt like I was Patsy writing in her diary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i stronly urger that anyone who loves to read about slaver and the civil war; read this book. it is most defantly a must read. so if you love history read this book. it's a number 1.i give it 5 big ones. READ IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I thought this book would be boring because it was required for school. But I was wrong! I finished it in a day. The book focused on a 12 yr old girl who learned how to read and write. She writes in her diary, which makes up this book, of her experiences as a free slave in the months to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book ROCKS! Its like you're really there with Patsy and the rest of the freed people. It's sad to see how slaves were treated back then, but its very educational, and its just a wonderful book to read. I'd definitly recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS REALLY GOOD!!! IT REALLY TAKES YOU INTO THE LIFE OF PATSY AND LET'S YOU REALLY KNOW HER FEALINGS. SHE WILL HAVE YOU LAGHING AND CRYING. I DEFENTLY RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that this book is absolutely outstanding! I too had to read this book for a report but then when I got into the book i read it any time I had the chance.I would definately recommend this book to anyone who likes to read diary books and who likes to feel thant they are in the story knowing how it feels to live the life of the main character in the book.