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Trouble Don't Last

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  758 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Samuel was born as Master Hackler’s slave, and working the Kentucky farm is the only life he’s ever known—until one dark night in 1859, that is. With no warning, cranky old Harrison, a fellow slave, pulls Samuel from his bed and, together, they run.

The journey north seems much more frightening than Master Hackler ever was, and Samuel’s not sure what freedo
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 9th 2003 by Yearling (first published January 1st 2001)
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Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I grumbled through the first half of this book because I so did not want to read it. Shelley Pearsall is coming to visit our school, and so I had to read it. It just wasn't jiving with what my reading tastes were craving. But I kept going, and I am oh-so glad I did. I almost cried when I finished it about 5 minutes ago. This is a suspenseful and endearing book, one that is very deserving of its awards. I live in an Ohio town full of Underground Railroad history, and I cannot wait to have the aut ...more
Shane M
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being a 11 year old slave boy, and having no rights or anything like that. It would be hard, right? In my opinion, this was an amazing adventure and story. This book is about 11 year old Samuel and 73 year old Harrison, who are trying their hardest to escape from their owner, Master Hackler.

This book takes place on a farm in Kentucky, to their journey to the north. This is important to the story because it proves they started from Kentucky, on a slave farm, and go on a journey to hopefu
Apr 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Trouble Don’t Last
Shelley Pearsall
ISBN: 0-440-41811-9

Trouble Don’t Last is about the life of slaves and the journey of the Underground Railroad to freedom. This book is also about how when you are black you will always have a harder time because of your skin color, even in the free land. In this book an eleven year old slave named Samuel and Harrison an elderly slave ran away from their master’s home to Canada, where they will be free. Samuel has never been outside the master’s land, unti
Adam James
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
There's an art in choosing books to give children. There's an even more precise skill in determining books to offer in a book club workshop setting. Historical fiction can be a challenge for many readers - and pin-pointing appropriate content with a fast-paced plot can be an even bigger challenge for teachers.

All that being said, Trouble Don't Last by Shelley Pearsall nicely toes the line for what's appropriate for middle schoolers. The plot never drags as Harrison and Samuel are confronted with
Donut (Lucino)
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Trouble Don’t Last Book Report
Written by: Lucino Sotelo
Spoiler Alert!!!
If you want to read this book I suggest you not read this and if you don’t like to read be prepared for boredom

The author’s name is Shelley Pearsall there is no illustrator. She has also wrote a number of books such as The “Seventh Most Important thing” about a boy and how he is sentenced to work as a trash picker and finds out secrets about a friend that he never knew he had. Another book that she wrote is “Jump
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Trouble Don’t Last Book Report
Shelley Pearsall was born in 1966 in Ohio. She has a husband named Mike and a son named Ethan. Some of her hobbies are: swimming, gardening, attending the theatre and spending time with family. Other books she has written are Jump to the Sky, Crooked River, All Shook Up, and The Seventh Most Important Thing.

For Trouble Don’t Last, the genre is historical fiction and the sub genre is adventure. The narrator is the main character Samuel, so the point of view is first
Knight of Ren  (jesus)
Trouble Don’t Last

This book is written by Shelley Pearsall (born on October 18 1966). She is also the author of All Shook up, All of the Above, Jump into the sky, and the Seventh Most Important Thing. The genre of the book is about adventure because they are on a journey from slavery in America to freedom in Canada. Some of the sub genres are drama and suspense and it has a bit of humor too. The reason I think these are the sub genre is because there are some part were they don’t know where they
Ruth Mika
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 3rd thru 6th
this is a must read! Samuel is a twelve year old slave boy. His mother was sold as wagers for a poker game when he was young. That left Lily, the kitchen slave, and Harrison, the old outside slave, left with his raising. His Master was cruel so one night Harrison decided to run and took Samuel with him. This story gives an account of how the Underground Railroad worked. Many people worked together but some even took advantage of the runaways by charging them money. They finally reached Canada th ...more
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Trouble Don't Last By:Marcos
Spoiler Alert! If your gonna read the book do not read this!
The author is Shelley Pearsall won the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction and she was born in 1966 the same time Star Trek and Quaker Oatmeal was invented. The genre is slavery the sub genre is growing up the story was very adventurous. The author is samuel the point of view is 1rst person this didn't really affect the story. Samuel is born into slavery and his master is master hackler. Samuel works
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked the journey that this book takes you on, and how it Grabes the reader in the first pages of the book.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books ever. I love the charcter and I love the writing so much.
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Trouble don’t last

Shelley Pearsall was born in 1966 October,18 Ohio and the book trouble don’t last was published in also resevd an Award to the book one the scott O’dell Award. Befor Shelley Pearsall wrote trouble Don’t last she was a school teacher. She had gone to college at wooster college in ohio. Her books are ust in schools across the country as reading books for teen readers and middle grade.the book what very adventures and a little scarey. Samuel was a narrator of the story.
Heather Johnston
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book that I decided to read because it was assigned to my 4th grade son. Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Made me cry in the end.
Wayne S.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is September of 1859, and eleven year old Samuel, who was born as Master Hackler’s slave, works on the Hackler farm at Blue Ash near Washington, KY. His momma, Hannah, was sold before he was even old enough to remember her, and he was raised by two old slaves named Harrison, who is about seventy, and Lilly. Then one dark night cranky old Harrison pulls Samuel from his bed, and together they run, heading for Chatham, Canada. The two experience many adventures and a lot of danger along the way ...more
Trouble Don't Last Book Report

My author’s name is Shelley Pearsall. She is 49. Shelley was born October 18’ 1966.She went to Wooster when she was in college.She had an award called The Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.My Genre is Historical Fiction and my sub -genre is slavery.My book was an adventures book.Samual is the narrator in my book. My point of view is first- person.It made the story more exciting because there are running from the slave owners.there was a eleven year old boy
Personal reaction- I found this book to be very interesting and intriguing about the story of Samuel’s life. Sam was an average boy who was suddenly awakened by a new life and a new understanding of history. Sam was able to unveil a new life that he was never aware of before. This book can keep the reader interested and become a page turner from the first chapter. Curricular connection- this book can be used to connect to an educational social studies unit of the Underground Railroad. Most child ...more
Barbara Balke
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: project-1, lit-for-ya
Grades: 5-8; Ages: 11-14
Booklist starred (February 15, 2002 (Vol. 98, No. 12))
Gr. 5-10. Far from the romantic Underground Railroad stories about brave abolitionists and hide-and-seek adventure, this powerful historical novel is harsh and realistic, not only about the brutal effects of slavery that the runaways carry with them forever but also about the prejudice and hardship they encounter on their journey to freedom. First-novelist Pearsall is a museum historian in Ohio and her astonish
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to learn
Shelves: civil-war
Wow! This was a powerful book.

I read about this book at the end of All Shook Up, which was on the Caudill list this year. This was the author's first book, and I am not sure how she ended up writing All Shook Up after this one... it was cute, but this was just really well-done.

Trouble Don't Last is a book about the Underground Railroad and two runaway slaves who are trying to get to Canada. Looking back, I never really knew a lot about the Underground Railroad. I knew that slaves were trying to
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have recently become a HUGE fan of this author. She writes everything from amazing historical fiction to contemporary fiction, to stories based on current, real-life events. I first became aware of her when her book ALL OF THE ABOVE showed up on the Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee list for 2010-11 in Division II (5th -7th grade).

Her first novel was TROUBLE DON’T LAST, which I just finished. It tells the story of Samuel, an 11yr old boy born into slavery in Kentucky. He never knew his mother,
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
On Samuel's journey north, he learns the many dangers of escape. He also learns a secret that changes his life.

"Know how I got my scars?" He held out his arms, pointing to all the scars. Some jagged stripes, some round like pox marks. "You see what those marks are?"
"Look." He held his arm closer. "They look like nail marks to you?"
My throat tightened.
"I was beaten by a board with a nail stuck through it," the man's voice went on, low and angry. "When I wasn't mu
Shelli Gheen
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Trouble Don't Last tells the story of eleven-year-old Sam and old Harrison, two slaves running away to Canada on the Underground Railroad. Along the way, they meet those who are involved in the Railroad because slavery is morally wrong and those who are there to earn money from the escaping slaves. Shelley Pearsall provides a good look at what life on the Underground Railroad was really like. She brings to life the dangers that each and every slave, and those who helped them, experienced.

Some t
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 5th grade up
Recommended to Vicki by: Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
A narrative story told by eleven-year-old Samuel who was born a slave and turns into a run-away in the middle of the night when old Harrison wakes him from his sleep, coaxes him to steal a pan and knife from the kitchen, then takes him and the "tow bag" away from the only home Samuel's ever know.
The story is a look at the underground railroad through fear's eyes. The journey is reminisent of the Exodus of the Israelites and their moanings of "O why did we ever leave the comfort of the master'
Keep your eye on the sun
See how she run.
Don't let her catch you with your work undone.
I'm a trouble, I'm a trouble.
Trouble don't last always. -- Virginia Slave Song

For years, people have been telling me I should read this work of historic fiction for children. It takes place a couple of years before the start of the Civil War, 1859 to be exact and follows the trek of runaway slaves, Samuel (a boy of 11) and and old man named Harrison on the Underground Railroad. Along the way, they meet interest
Dan Fleming
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was an incredible book. I really liked this story because it is about a young slave boy making boyish decisions and judgments, but learning to stand tall like a young man. It also lends light to: What's more important, your beliefs or your actions? I especially like the ambiguous ending where it is left to the readers to decide if the constable can or cannot read. Trouble Don’t Last is a narrative story told by eleven-year-old Samuel who was born a slave and turns into a run-away ...more
Lindsay D.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Samuel, at age eleven was born as a slave, and his mother sold when he was a child. Samuel is a slave on a Kentucky farm for Master Hackler, but one one summer night in 1859, it would all change. Samuel is grabbed in the middle of the night by another working slave, Harrison, and together, they run.
Samuel thought it might be a chance to gain his freedom, but he second guesses his thoughts. What if Master Hackler found them? What would he do? Will he survive? Running and hiding might not be en
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fiction{slavery}
This book definitely kept me interested and wanting to read it. This is her first book that was published in 2002 and Shelley Pearsall has since written some other books that I am hoping to get to at least a couple of them soon. I enjoyed the book much more than what I thought I would...It took me a little bit to finish the book because I was and am still unpacking and trying to find places for things in the new apartment {as of this post}...But if you enjoy historical fiction, especially around ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 5-8 230pgs

1859 Kentucky/Ohio Underground Railroad. One night, 11 year old Samuel is woken up by Harrison, a slave who along with another slave named Lilly, raised him after his mother was sold. Samuel is scared to be running away because he knows how dangerous it is, but he follows Harrison. Along the way, they are halped by various people.

A great story for someone interested in the Underground railroad. I especially liked how it showed how people, both white and free African Americans, and t
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awards: Scott O'Dell Award for Historal Fiction

Grades: 3-6

Summary: Trouble Don't Last follows the story of two escaped slaves. One is an old man and one is a young boy. They make their way out of the south and gradually work their way up north. They use the underground railroad to escape being caught.

Review: I read this book for Dr. Lord's class and was glad it was assigned to me. I like stories about the Underground Railroad so this was a pleasure to read. This was a book that was a real page t
CleAsia McCaskel
Feb 19, 2016 is currently reading it
So far the book is very good. The main character is a slave boy whose mother was sold away when he was little. He was raised by two old slave women. He is always getting into trouble and it's never intentional. This last time he got in trouble, one of the old slave women helped him out by telling the master that she made a pie and a nice meal, but won't give him so much as a crumb. He believes her and also takes aways his blanket for the night. After the master leaves, the boy is told by the old ...more
Sonya Morris
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have missed my historical fiction! This book is about the life of an 11 year old slave escaping to the north with an old man. Their relationship is interesting, because they were tied together by the fact that they are from the same plantation, but they still demonstrate a familial responsibility to one another. The character develop is good, but my favorite part is the figurative language the author uses. It's truly amazing. I would say that the book may be better for a 9-12 year old audience ...more
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