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Overview

In 1886 the last of the Apache Indians, led by Geronimo, were defeated in New Mexico and sent to reservations. This is the compelling story of what happens when one of the boys escapes and is rescued by an African American family.

In 1886 in Alabama, an eleven-year-old African American girl and her family befriend and give refuge to a runaway Apache boy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this intriguing historical novel, which was inspired by the author's research into her own ancestry, an African American family in Alabama takes in an Apache runaway teenager in the late 1800s. The story centers on 12-year-old Sarah Jane Crossman, her father (a former slave turned farmer) and her part-Seminole mother. Although slavery has ended, old attitudes die hard in the South, and the three struggle daily to protect their land from prejudiced and greedy Sheriff Johnson (who relentlessly pesters them with unfair share-cropping propositions). One day they find a 15-year-old Apache named Sky in their barn, sick with a fever. They nurse him back to health and convince the authorities to release him into their care. McKissack's (Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?) multidimensional storytelling chronicles the complex relationship between Sky, the Crossmans, the African American community and the white community, resulting in an exciting, tension-packed page-turner. The novel's climax scene, in which Apaches, white Army soldiers, and African American neighbors join together to defend the Crossmans' property, seems a bit Utopian for the era, but readers will cheer for Sky as he leads the defense of "his family's land" against a white supremacist group. McKissack's skillful presentation of the obstacles confronting minorities after the Civil War makes this not only a captivating tale, but a comprehensive introduction to a pivotal period in U.S. history. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
In a remarkable story set in 1886, Sarah Crossman, 11, an African American and her family nurse an escaped Apache boy named Sky back to health. During this time, Sarah tries to win Sky's approval, but he is sullen and fearful of the strangers. Slowly, through the family's kindness and Sarah's undaunted efforts to get responses from him, he begins to feel at ease. Patricia McKissack has written an absorbing novel that is based on historic incidents. The courage of Sarah's father when he faces the Knights of the Southern Order is inspiring. When Sky helps them fight off this white supremacist group, he truly becomes part of the Crossman family. An excellent read-aloud.
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
In rural Alabama, in 1888, Sarah finds a young Apache boy hiding in her barn and dying from swamp fever. Skye escaped from a train en route to a Florida reservation. Sarah and her mother nurse him to health. Skye becomes a member of their family and unites both the Native Americans and blacks of the nearby communities to stand against the white supremacists of that time. Using both historical documents from that time, and the oral history of her own family, McKissack has spun a compelling tale of this time period and these remarkable people.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This post Civil War story by Patricia McKissack was inspired by queries about her ancestry. McKissack writes about eleven-year-old Sarah Crossman who rescues Sky, an ailing Apache boy who fled from a train headed for the reservation. This leads to a more difficult life in 1888 Alabama where Sarah's black parents already fear white supremacists, boll weevils, and losing their land. However, Sky opens hearts and minds, bringing the joy of independence to the troubled family and, later, to the entire African-American community.
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Gr 5-8--It's 1888 in Alabama, and Sarah Crossman, the 12-year-old daughter of a Seminole woman and a freed slave, finds herself shielding an Apache boy who has escaped federal troops during the transport of Geronimo's followers to Mount Vernon. Her mother immediately sides with her and proceeds to nurse the unconscious Sky, but her father remains opposed. Mr. Crossman has already invited attention because he owns land coveted by others, refuses to be a sharecropper, and assists other blacks in passing nearly impossible voter registration tests. He relents when George Wratten, army scout and interpreter for the Apaches, gives an unofficial consent for the boy to remain until he is well enough to travel. As Sky begins to recover, his fierce, independent demeanor lessens as he warms to the girl's parents, but Sarah doesn't like sharing their attention with someone who is so aloof from her. Other challenges arise when boll weevils destroy the cotton crop, the sheriff calls in the note of debt on the farm, and a hooded white supremacist group arrives on the scene. Based on Wratten's papers and other historical sources, as well as the oral tradition of McKissack's family, the story evolves exquisitely. Attention is even given to the debate about what is most important for the empowerment of an oppressed people: political rights or economic progress. Grabbing readers with wonderful characters, an engaging plot, and vital themes, McKissack weaves a compelling story of cultural clash, tragedy, accommodation, and ultimate triumph.--Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590467520
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

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    Book Report The title of the book that I read is Run Away Home. By Patricia C. Mc. Kissack. This book is about a little boy and his mane is Sky. And a little girl named Sarah saw that someone was in her families barn one day. As soon as she noticed that she ran over to the barn. There she saw Sky the little apache boy that had run awy from his home. It was night when Sarah met the boy so in the morning she ran out to the barn and her mom was standing in the barn trying to talk to the little boy Sky. That day this man named Mr. Wratten rode by on his horse and found ou that they were keeping Sky. This was a very important part because he was looking for Sky so he could turn him in and they would send him back to where he came from. But he was nice and noticed that the little apache boy was dieing of swamp fever. So he said that Sarah and her family could take care of him. Sarah started at first to kind of like the little boy as part of the family but instead she started not to like him because he was getting more attention from Sarah s dog and Sarah s parents. I like how the book had very exciting parts and some humor. But I din t like the book because it did not have much humor. But it did have a lot of jealousy. I would definately rate this book a 4 and 1/2 because I would like a little more humor and less jealousy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    I's a very good book

    I's about a indian boy named Sky he jumed off a train and a former slave named Sarah Jane saw he she promised her self she whould never tell.Then she fond he in her barn with swamp fever.Her mother fond out and helped he.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

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    This book is about a young girl named Sarah who sees an Apache boy escape from a train that is taking him to a reservation. She finds out he has a deadly sickness called Swamp Fever. When her mother finds out she has been keeping him a secret, her mother helps get Sky back too health. Now since Sky is healthy again they have to turn him into the authorities, but they have become to fond of Sky. Sarah is now getting tired of Sky because it seems her whole family, and dog are paying more attention to Sky then her. In the end the Crossman family finds out Sky can live with them and Sarah realizes Sky is really an important part of the family

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    Two thumbs Up For 'Runaway Home'

    Run Away home is an excellent book to read if you want to learn about Black History. This book tells people of the hardships and dissapointments that black people had to face back in the 1800's.I enjoyed the whole book and I could read it again and again. this book can be read by all ages and you can always enjoy it whenever you read it.If you are the kind of person who enjoys an intriguing book then you should read Run Away Home.I reccomend this book to anyone who loves reading and having fun at the same time.In this book the main character is Sarah Crossman. Sarah is a kind 11 year old girl who cooks with her Mama and hunts with her Papa and her dog Buster. In this book you'll hear of the times people suffered in the year of 1888. You'll also hear of their fun times together.Have fun reading this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    OVERCOME CHALLENGES

    Run Away Home is a fictional book, and it is a book about a family working together to overcome challenges.Run Away Home begin is Alabama. In 1888, Sarah found a run away. Sarah found an Apache boy, and they had to over come many challenges in the future.The main characters in the story is Sarah, the Apache boy, Mom,Dad. Sarah is a nice and joyful person.The Apache boy is a person who is scared and tried to learn about more things. Mom is loving and kindful, and Dad is a person who protects his family. An Indian boy had to learn how to live with a different family.The book made me feel like a person without a family. My opinion of the book is that they made a good book. The main theme of the story is a family working to overcome their challegenes.The author's sytle should touched everyone that read this book. Today, there are a lot of people who ran away looking for a great family.People eight and up will love this book.I wouldc hange the title of the book to Run Away Apache Boy because the Apache boy ran away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    This book is serious & heart warming!

    Run Away Home by Patricia C. McKissack is a modern realistic fiction book about a boy who ran away to another family. A story in the 1888's, this book tells how it was during slavery of Alabama. The main plot is when a young Apache boy ran away to the Crossman family. The story is told from the piont of view of Sarah Jane,the Crossmans'daughter. The main characters include the Apache boy, Sky, the Crossmans' daughter, Sarah Jane, and the Crossmans Lee Andrew and Georgianne. In every chapter the reader learns the problems in slavery and how Sky helps.They also learn how Sky teaches the Crossmans new things and lessons. What inspires me in this book is the way the Crossmans and Sky get through every sad moment, how they spend their lives happily, regardless of what is going on. As the reader goes into the depth of the book, they see how happiness can overcome the danger and the breathless moments. Even though this book is serious and heart warming, I feel that the book was not as interesting as to read over again. I would recomend that the book should be read on an elementary class level. They would like to read it over and over again. I would rate this book 3 out of 5 (stars.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    Good book.

    I read it in the fifth grade and gave a record-breaking 45 minute oral report on it. Being from Alabama, this book has a special place in my heart even though it tells the truth about our history. It was an incredible book and I'm really glad that I read it.

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