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Run Away Home

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  106 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
In 1888 Alabama, young Sarah Jane witnesses an Apache boy jumping off a train headed for an Indian reservation, and a life he does not want. She hopes he'll run far -- everyone deserves to be free. Instead she finds him hiding in her family's barn dying of swamp fever. Sarah Jane and her mother nurse the boy, but realize they'll have to turn him over to authorities.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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1888,Quincy, Alabama. When 11 year old Sarah Crossman and her family discover a 15 year old Apache boy hiding in their barn, they decide to help him. They convince Mr. Wratten, one of the men working with the army to move Geronimo and his group of Apaches to Mount Vernon, Alabama, to let "Sky" stay with them. When the Crossmans are in danger of losing their farm and are threatened by the KKK, Sarah and her family refuse to leave their farm and Sky is determined to find a way to help

In Alabama in 1888 a 12-year-old black girl witnesses a 15-year-old Indian boy escape from a stopped train. The government is transporting Apaches from the dry West to the humid South. Spunky Sarah Jane must made an adult decision based on a child's reason: should she reveal her private knowledge, which will result in a free spirit being returned to bondage? When she discovers that he is hiding in her barn, she must choose between her innate desire to see all people f
Apr 11, 2013 Casey rated it liked it
The book Run Away Home by Patricia C. McKissack is very interesting so far. It is very interesting so far because the white people do bad things to black people, but on page 26, chapter 5, a white man shook hands with a black man which was unusual. They always have to borrow money from a white person in order to buy food. The Apaches were captured by the soldiers and were treated really badly. This book is also very sad because the Crossman's biggest Mule was poisoned and it took a whole year fo ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Kirstin rated it really liked it
This is an interesting tale about racism in Alabama in 1888. Sarah Jane is learning about black struggles and her limitations when she sees an Apache boy run away from the hatred and racism for his people. These two interact and learn from each other.
Feb 05, 2014 LeiAnn rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book . I love reading about native Americans and different cultures . And I was surprised this book talked about Pensacola because I am a resident of Pensacola . I loved this book .
Oct 04, 2014 Dnasfusion rated it really liked it
I don't the whole of the story. But I love the story about Sky, an indian boy who runaway and the part when Sky and Sarah Jane were together as a sister and brother.
May 10, 2014 Delaney marked it as to-read
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May 26, 2009 Keri rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old Sarah Jane finds a run away Apache boy, dying in their family's barn. While helping the boy recover his health, Sarah learns the importance of freedom and standing up for what is right. The author based this book on her own family history. Her great-great-great grandfather was a Native American and married a black woman. She tried to imagine what their lives might have been like at this pivital time in American history.
Sami S
Jan 06, 2011 Sami S rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book because it tells you a lot about history and what happened back at those times. It was also good because it never got boring and it was full of excitement. I gave it four stars because i think that most students would be interested to know what happened back at that time.
Jul 29, 2013 Mistyblue rated it it was amazing
This book was a good read. I liked how it treated issues that can be difficult for children to read about, such as the treatment of races after the Civil War. I really enjoyed the main characters and the strength shown by them. Definitely a book I would let me kids read.
Javdat Sharafeev
Jun 16, 2013 Javdat Sharafeev rated it really liked it
Good, warm book, that brings you back to its time. And I learned that many races already in those times were mixed with each other and that's good
Aug 07, 2009 Trinette rated it really liked it
Great quick read. Checked this book out for Olivia, but I ended up reading it. She was busy reading another book.
Cooper- I loved this book because it teaches a lot about history but still entertaining
Dec 06, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it
was a great short book, would like to continue to see where they all ended up!
Apr 02, 2011 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I found this novel interesting. I liked the characters as well.
Jul 31, 2009 Cydney rated it did not like it
that some grown ups need a new hobby...i HAD to read 4 classsss tho.
Jul 16, 2009 Jwcamp2009 rated it it was amazing
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