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Good Fortune

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  194 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, Ayanna Bahati struggles to come to terms with her new life as a slave. Rising from the cotton fields to her master's house, Anna is threatened by the increasingly dangerous world of the plantation. Risking everything, she escapes and makes her way north to freedom and an education, but can she shed the cha ...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published December 26th 2009)
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Tananarive Due
Jan 29, 2010 Tananarive Due rated it it was amazing
Noni Carter first wrote to me when she was still in high school to send me a copy of her self-published version of GOOD FORTUNE--and now she has landed a book deal. As I said in my blurb, "Noni Carter was only a child when she first conceived of this story of a young girl's journey from freedom to slavery and back to the ultimate freedom--but her debut novel is writt4en with wisdom and heart far beyond her years. Well researched and delightedly well written, GOOD FORTUNE is an empowering testame ...more
Morgan F
This book was offered to me free online, and it looked interesting. I've always found slave stories intriguing, if not frightening.

This one follows 14 yr old Ayanna, or Sarah, or Anna (whatever her name is), who has been enslaved since the age of four, on her quest for freedom. So she runs away and settles in a little town, where she sets out to be a teacher.

As you can tell from my rating, I didn't much like this book. I just despised the writing. I couldn't read more than a paragraph without t
Apr 09, 2010 Marie rated it it was amazing
an awesome page turning debut novel filled with excitement, passion and inspiration. A must read for youth; but I must add that as a 50+ female I was totally fulfilled and inspired. I found myself motivated and inspire to take on my next dream/goal in life fearlessly. A HUGH CONGRATULATIONS to this young author. The gift portrayed on the pages of Good Fortune written by one so young (now 18y/o), blows me away.
 Imani ♥ ☮
Wow, this book was really good. It is about this slave girl named Anna(although her name varies throughout the book) who was captured from Africa. This is definitely one of my favorite historical fiction books.
Jul 20, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Known as Sarah on the plantation where she is a slave, Ayanna Bahati holds onto her memories of her life in Africa when she was free. Ripped away from her homeland, she witnessed the murder of her mother before being placed on a ship to America. She finds a new family on the plantation, but at fourteen Ayanna’s voracious passion for learning motivates her to escape slavery and make the harrowing journey north to freedom. Ayanna is forced to leave behind John, her true love, with the hope that th ...more
Jun 04, 2010 coolbass rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This was very inspiring and well written book. I'm amazed that someone this age could capture the audience with an intriquing plot while give inspiration and education. I look forward to your next work.
Sep 06, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing
this book was a heart wrenching tale of a girl brought in to slavery.
Yanah abdo
Feb 19, 2011 Yanah abdo rated it it was amazing
nice ....she have like my name ayaan :.
Jayla Johnson
An intriguing story that I couldn't stop to put down.
When Anyanna Bahati was four years old, she was cruelly ripped away from her mother and the only life she ever knew in Africa. Despite the Atlantic slave trade being made illegal several years earlier, Ayanna endured the Middle Passage to end up a slave in Tennessee. For ten years Ayanna, now known as Sarah, has worked in the fields of the Williams plantation. She loves her foster mother Mary and her brother Daniel, but is haunted by dreams and memories of the past. Sarah longs for something mor ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok
Ayanna was taken from her home, from her mother, in Africa when she was only four years old. Good Fortune traces her life's journey from the slave ship, through years on a southern plantation, and then across the country in her search for freedom.

I initially picked up Good Fortune because I read a synopsis and it sounded so much like one of my favorites: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. Plus, that cover is just gorgeous.

After reading all 496 pages... I think I'd just as soon have re-re
Ann Ewel
Sep 30, 2011 Ann Ewel rated it liked it
Sarah, not her original name, was kidnapped from her family and taken away to a slave ship when she was about 4 years old. On the Plantation she has a new family with Mary the cook, and her son Daniel. Through the Plantation worship service, Sarah gets to know John, a slave from another plantation. It is clear to all that Sarah and John have a special understanding. But when the Master Jeffrey, the white son of the plantation owner sees them dancing together, he has John flogged in front of Sara ...more
Tierra C
Feb 03, 2016 Tierra C rated it it was amazing
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May 27, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
This was an excellent story about a slave during the 1830's who escapes by running away to Ohio. While the language is beautiful, and the main character fairly well-developed, I felt like most of the supporting characters were flat and one-dimensional. Perhaps, if I hadn't read it right after reading Laurie Halse Anderson's series, I might have enjoyed it more. Whereas Anderson's characters are nuanced--neither completely good nor totally bad (for the most part), Carter's characters fall pretty ...more
Regan Nonnayobuzinezz
May 18, 2012 Regan Nonnayobuzinezz rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much!! It is one of the most beautifully written books, I can't describe it. I am not a sentimental person, but I cried while reading parts of this book, I am not afraid to admit that. Noni Carter started writing this book when she was a kid, just 12 years old, barely in middle school! It grew from 50 pages to 100 pages to 200 pages to a final, whopping 479 pages. I read this for the first time when I was 8, and it was... magic. Don't think that just because I was 8 means th ...more
I thought this book was really well written. The characters were great..... so was John.... but i won't talk more about that for all of you who haven't had the chance to read it yet.

I really enjoyed this book. I guess to an extent though I didn't connect emotionally on some levels, and on others I did. I've also read Copper Sun by Draper. I felt like in some ways I connected to that one more than this book, but this book touched me in a different way.

Was it my favorite book ever? No. And this i
Aug 24, 2015 Haley rated it liked it
This was an impulse grab at the library and it turned out to be an enjoyable book. Considering the age of the author (she's an undergrad at Harvard), the topic and scope of the book is very ambitious, and she certainly has a gift for writing. She also has room to grow as an author though -- some of the prose felt overdone, and the plot dragged a bit in the middle. The strongest writing, in my opinion, was in the dream sequences. I loved how she captured the unreality of dreams, but did so in a w ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Noni Carter writes a compelling story that reveals the hardships of slavery in the southern states, and the struggles of African Americans who were able to escape to the northern states that promised "freedom." As I read the book, I couldn't but help to relate Anna's character to Jane Eyre's character: both strong-willed women whose determination to stay true to themselves and their dreams helped them to face hardships and overcome them. There are many themes in this book that would be great to ...more
Krisette Spangler
Oct 31, 2012 Krisette Spangler rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I finally found a book on slavery I think is appropriate for a thirteen year old girl! This novel is well written and although a little idealized at times, I think it is well worth the time to read it. I actually liked the fact that after she escapes to the free state of Ohio, it goes on to show the racial hatred and fear that existed in the North as well. Anna, our heroine, realizes that education is her people's only way to real freedom. It was an inspiring story, and will give young readers a ...more
Noni's passion for her subject is evident in the multitude of circumstances her protagonist finds herself in during this Pre-Civil War period, as well as in the informative Facts and Fiction notes she includes at the end. Readers will witness quite a few events true to this period of history. However, the story would have been twice as powerful if it could have been half as long. Carter's main character moves too often from one to another slavery circumstance to work well as one story.
Sue Jackson
Aug 29, 2014 Sue Jackson rated it really liked it
This emotionally powerful novel follows a young girl in the early 1800's from violent end of her happy childhood in Africa through growing up as a slave and into young adulthood, as she yearns for an education. Moving, suspenseful, heart-breaking and heart-warming. Read my full review at:
Rhonda Burrell
Dec 03, 2013 Rhonda Burrell rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed this book. I was cheering the main character on throughout the entire book. I am so impressed by the fact that the author was so young when she wrote and published the book. Everyone must read this book. There were some times throughout the story that I was holding my breathe, but it was worth every moment I spent reading this book.What I enjoyed was seeing the characters win.
Paige B
Mar 18, 2015 Paige B rated it it was amazing
Noni Carter is an amazing writer. I couldnt put this book down so I just read the whole book in a day. Believe it or not ive read this book 9 times. Yea I know! It's that good. Amazing story. Worth the read. Its definitely a page turner.
Victoria Edwards
Nov 19, 2012 Victoria Edwards rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
Such a Great and fascinating book on the dangers and pressure of being a slave and wanting freedom and an education to run away and also fulfill your dreams and also find your once true love again it's amazing i can't wait till Noni Carter's next masterpiece.
Jun 09, 2010 Nance rated it it was ok
This is a story that begins with capture in Africa and ends in Freedom. The story is predictable and unrealistic at times.
Apr 27, 2012 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
This was one of the most incredible I've ever read, The way the heroine life story is told it amazes me .
Shun Davis
Jul 09, 2016 Shun Davis rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This book made me sad, happy, angry, etc. ..but I absolutely loved it. So well written and I'm so full of pride and joy... very proud of the author! Job well done!
Krystle Brooks
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Aug 09, 2011
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