The Anchor: P. Moore, Proprietor

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It's 1764, and 15-year-old Polly Moore finds herself running her ne'er-do-well father's tavern in Brunswick, a village on the Cape Fear River in the North Carolina colony. Polly also assumes responsibility for her two younger sisters and for her family's slaves and servants, since her mentally fragile, pregnant mother refuses to get out of bed.

Like all colonial taverns, The Anchor is the center of village news and activity. Polly hears everything while she cooks and serves ...

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It's 1764, and 15-year-old Polly Moore finds herself running her ne'er-do-well father's tavern in Brunswick, a village on the Cape Fear River in the North Carolina colony. Polly also assumes responsibility for her two younger sisters and for her family's slaves and servants, since her mentally fragile, pregnant mother refuses to get out of bed.

Like all colonial taverns, The Anchor is the center of village news and activity. Polly hears everything while she cooks and serves meals, runs the turpentine operations and sawmill, and cares for her family. Women are not supposed to be political, but Polly learns just how personal politics can be after Lieutenant Governor William Tryon arrives at Brunswick, the infamous Stamp Act goes into effect, and ships in the river can't unload supplies she desperately needs. She hears news of the growing dissatisfaction with King George. She witnesses the first armed pre-Revolution rebellion at Tryon's plantation house in 1766. Along the way, she forms her own opinions about slavery, freedom, and the treatment of women.

In this meticulously researched story populated with historical figures, spunky Polly rises to the challenges that confront her and grows wise beyond her years.

Author Bio: Blonnie Bunn Wyche taught public school for 30 years, first in music education and then in K-6 classrooms. The winner of several awards for her short stories (including first place in the Robert Ruark Short Story Contest), she currently writes newsletters for two historical organizations and a children's newsletter for the Wilmington Morning Star. An accomplished ghost writer, she wrote and edited Danny Bradshaw's book, Ghosts on the Battleship North Carolina. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. This is her first novel.

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Fifteen-year-old Polly Moore is trying to handle all the responsibilities of her father's tavern in Brunswick, North Carolina. The year is 1764 and things are in turmoil, for the Colonists and for her family. Her dad drinks and gambles away all their money, so his cousin takes him away and puts Polly in charge. Polly has to manage the tavern, her two sisters, and her mother who is pregnant and has taken to her bed. Polly is an independent young woman who believes in the end of slavery and also that women should have a voice in the affairs of government-both unpopular beliefs. Featuring interesting characters in pre-Revolutionary War America, this historical novel will keep YAs reading. KLIATT Codes: JS-Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Banks Channel Books, 204p., Ages 12 to 18.
— Barbara McKee
School Library Journal
Nonfiction Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781889199054
  • Publisher: Banks Channel Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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