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The Resource I thought my soul would rise and fly : the diary of Patsy, a freed girl, by Joyce Hansen

I thought my soul would rise and fly : the diary of Patsy, a freed girl, by Joyce Hansen

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I thought my soul would rise and fly : the diary of Patsy, a freed girl
Title
I thought my soul would rise and fly
Title remainder
the diary of Patsy, a freed girl
Statement of responsibility
by Joyce Hansen
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the ripe but confusing time following the end of the Civil War and the granting of freedom to former slaves
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Review
  • Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 4-8. The diary-form novel can be an effective, soul-illuminating portrait of the life and times of its protagonist. Less successful efforts can be static or monotonous. This Dear America series title is mostly successful, mainly because of the wrenching story of a young women of the 1800s, a freed slave. Newly freed, Patsy is still living on the plantation, not knowing what to do with her life, though she does know that she wants to go to school. As a joke, the young mistress and master taught Patsy to read, awakening in her an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. If there is one complaint, it is that the portrait of slave life has been toned down somewhat so that at times it seems more inconvenient than inhumane. The book does a fairly good job of portraying a determined young woman trying to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The historical notes and photographs are immensely interesting and further enhance this historical novel. ((Reviewed December 15, 1997)) -- Denia Hester
  • 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
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083149
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Hansen, Joyce
Index
no index present
Intended audience
820
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
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True
Series statement
Dear America
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  • Afro-Americans
  • Reconstruction
  • Afro-Americans
  • Reconstruction
  • Diaries
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
pre adolescent
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the diary of Patsy, a freed girl
Label
I thought my soul would rise and fly : the diary of Patsy, a freed girl, by Joyce Hansen
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Publication
Extent
204 p.
Isbn
9780590849135
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97002170 /AC
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780590849135
  • (OCoLC)36315866
Label
I thought my soul would rise and fly : the diary of Patsy, a freed girl, by Joyce Hansen
Publication
Extent
204 p.
Isbn
9780590849135
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97002170 /AC
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780590849135
  • (OCoLC)36315866

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