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Convicted of thievery and transported from England to America, Oliver Cromwell Pitts, shackled to his fellow prisoners, endures inedible food, filthy conditions, and deadly storms on his voyage across the Atlantic. But the hazardous shipboard journey is nothing compared to the peril that waits for him on the colonial shores. In Annapolis, Oliver’s indentured servitude is purchased by the foul, miserly Fitzhugh, who may have murdered another servant. On Fitzhugh’s isolated tobacco farm, Oliver’s only companion is an enslaved boy named Bara. Oliver and Bara become fast friends with one powerful goal: to escape Fitzhugh. Oliver hopes he can find his sister, Charity, brought somewhere in the colonies on a different ship. Bara dreams of reaching a community of free black people in the cypress swamp who may help him gain his liberty. But first the boys must flee Fitzhugh’s plantation and outrun their brutal pursuer and the dangers that lurk in the swamp.
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|Publisher:||Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Avi is the author of the Newbery Medal novel Crispin: The Cross of Lead and the Newbery Honor books Nothing but the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, among many other books for young readers. He lives in Colorado with his wife, an inventor. You can visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.
Date of Birth:December 23, 1937
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964