Away West (Scraps of Time #2)
Unlike his older brothers, thirteen-year-old Everett was "born in freedom," never knowing life as a slave. His most prized possession is the medal his father earned in the Civil War. Now, more than 125 years later, that treasure is kept in the Websters' attic with other "scraps of time," ready to be discovered by another generation eager to know its family history. The sec...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Puffin
(first published March 2nd 2006)
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Okay, this book seriously bored my students. I don't know if it was the group of kids I had or what?!? I would love to hear what someone else thinks of the book. A boy leaves home to go and try to make it out west on his own (with no money, or connections to anyone). He meets some good people along the way and his brother decides to leave home, too and join him. It discusses families in which some children were born into slavery, and some where born after freedom.
Jan 11, 2009 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Grades 1-4 historical african-americans american frontier horses
After his father dies, African-American Everett lives a "free" life living off the land his father worked so hard to own. But Everett has book learning, and his heart is not in the farm that grows little but rocks each year. He runs away from his older brother to see if he can make a living in the cavalry out west. But he runs into a few snags-- finding a group to travel with, funds, and most importantly, having a skill that will be valuable in the new community.
At some point I realized that historical fiction was the best way to approach history with my little bibliophiles, and we've been enjoying the Scraps of Time series. I especially liked this one because it is set in a period of black history that I wasn't familiar with: Exodusters and Buffalo Soldiers. This book is very readable, and McKissack does a nice job of telling the story without making it feel like a history lesson.