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Kedzie: Saint Helena Island Slave
by Bonnie Stanard (Goodreads Author)
St. Helena Island slaves speak English, but African drums still throb in their veins; they hear the whispers of their ancestors. From this arises a girl of unusual strength, whose pampered life ends when her kindly mistress dies, and she moves to a shanty in the quarters. Kedzie soon learns that the punishing fields aren't nearly as grim as her master's abuse. Enter Rio, a ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Fairview News Publishing
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I found myself rooting for Kedzie to escape from her situation. The use of 'slave dialect' combined with the colorful descriptions of the setting made the story seem historically authentic. The cliff-hanger ending made me want to go and get the next book to read to find out what happens.
Born and raised in rural South Carolina, Bonnie Stanard’s interest in the conditions and fate of South Carolina slaves grew out of her family’s experience in working the land in the early 1900’s when descendants of slaves were struggling to make their way as free men and women. Thoroughly researched, Kedzie, while fiction, is historically based and tells the story of what could have been thousands ...moreMore about Bonnie Stanard...