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Aug 10, 1999
| ISBN 9780440219736
| Young Adult
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Aug 31, 2011
| ISBN 9780307804235
| Young Adult
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Aug 10, 1999 | ISBN 9780440219736 | Young Adult
Aug 31, 2011 | ISBN 9780307804235 | Young Adult
So many readers have written and asked: What happened to Sarny, the young slave girl who learned to read in Nightjohn? Extraordinary things happened to her, from the moment she fled the plantation in the last days of the Civil War, suddenly a free woman in search of her sold-away children, until she found them and began a new life. Sarny’s story gives a panoramic view of America in a time of trial, tragedy, and hoped-for change, until her last days in the 1930s.
Many readers of Nightjohn have wanted to know what happened to Sarny, the young slave whom Nightjohn taught to read. Here is Sarny’s story, from the moment she leaves the plantation in the last days of the Civil War, suddenly a free woman in search of her sold-away children. Her search takes her to New Orleans and the home of the mysterious and remarkable Miss Laura. Like Nightjohn, Miss Laura changes Sarny’s life, and she helps Sarny pass Nightjohn’s gift on to new generations. This riveting saga follows Sarny until her last days in the 1930s and gives readers a panoramic view of America in a time of trial, tragedy, and hoped-for change.
Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the American Library Association for his lifetime achievement in young adult… More about Gary Paulsen
"A satisfying sequel…It is a great read, with characters both to hate and to cherish, and a rich sense of what it really was like then." —Booklist, Starred
author fun factsBorn: May 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota Previous jobs: Farm hand, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor, dogsled racer, teacher, field engineer, editor, soldier, actor, director, trapper, professional archer, migrant farm worker, singerHobbies: Sailing, collecting and riding Harley Davidsons; twice ran the Iditarod, the challenging 1,000 mile dogsled race across AlaskaInspiration for writing: After a librarian gave him a book to read–along with his own library card–Gary was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.
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