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Seek life. Chache Lavi. That's what Paulie's uncle says they must do. But to seek life, Paulie and her family have to leave Haiti-the only home that Paulie has ever known. Since forever, Paulie has run in and out of the little houses nestled under the palms, smelling cocoa-bread and playing on the beach with her best friend Karyl. But now the little houses are gone. Their ...more
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Published January 2nd 1997 by HarperCollins (first published March 1st 1995)
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Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Lydia
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
For anyone who wants to imagine themselves living a simple life with tropical surroundings, the sea and the shore for a backyard, food cooked over a fire, good friends and close family nearby, this is a story they would enjoy. However, there is a definite caveat to this description: extreme poverty, political oppression, the loss of loved ones and the desperate attempt to escape to a new world of promise.

Temple is nigh romantic in her depictions of the beauty of Haitian life for a young girl na
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Clayton
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Paulie is a young girl living in Haiti circa 1993, a time when the country has been tossed into a familiar situation of repressive rule after electing populist priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide to presidency in the first free elections in the country. Arisitide lasted a whole eight months before being ousted by the Haitian ruling class with assistance from the US government.

Temple poetically weaves the politics, language, food, religion and values of the time into a narrative that powerfully invokes
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Nikole
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grade Level Equivalent: 5.2
Genre: Historical Fiction
Awards: America's Award

Characters: Paulie, Karyl, Jean-Desir
Setting: The story takes place it Haiti.
POV: The story is told in Paulie’s point of view.

Paulie and her family must leave Haiti. Paulie describes all of her favorite childhood memories like running in and out of little houses, playing on the beach, and smelling cocoa bread. The little houses she once ran through are now boats that will be used to escape Haiti. Suddenly, her friend Jea
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Liliana
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grades:6th
Genre:Historical Fiction

Characters: Paulie, Karyl, Jean-Desir
Setting: The story takes place it Haiti.
POV: The story is told in Paulie’s point of view.

Paulie and her family must leave Haiti. Paulie describes all of her favorite childhood memories like running in and out of little houses, playing on the beach, and smelling cocoa bread. The little houses she once ran through are now boats that will be used to escape Haiti. Suddenly, her friend Jean-Desir is killed and now Paulie thinks i
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Sps
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Set in 1994 after Aristide's ouster, when the army and macoutes terrorized the people. Kreyol (creole) is mixed in throughout; many words are defined in the text, but there is also a glossary at the end.
While it's a short book and the main character is probably about 10-12 years old, the issues raised are complex enough and the language lyrical enough that I think it could engage a middle-schooler. E.g. what does the idea of Africa mean to folks of African descent--is Africa home in any sense?
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Brittany Hastings
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade level: 6th
Lexile: 750
Main Character: Paulie, Uncle, Jean Desir
Setting: Haiti
POV: Third Person
Genre: Historical Fiction

-Summary: Paulie is a young girl living with her family on the coasts of a small town in Haiti. The country is suffering from hunger, poverty, and an overthrown government. Paulie’s uncle chooses to move his family away from their troubles and wants to leave to America. However, the only way that this is possible is to escape at night with a wooden boat. Paulie is torn by t
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Rachelmontoya
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Main character: Paulie, Grann, Uncle

POV: Paulie

Setting: Haiti

Lexile: 750L

Age group: Upper Elementary

genre: Multicultural literature

Summary: Paulie does not want to leave Haiti, the only home she has ever known, but the macoutes are threatening her family and the village Belle Flueve with guns and knives. This compelling and informative story about a family’s dramatic escape from Haiti by sea also shows the political and economic issues involved. Paulie lives in Haiti with her Grann and her uncle
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Julie Mittan
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of the books I'm pondering as a whole class novel for Last Trimester.

Set in the 90's it is about a Haitian community who want to find a better life than they are currently living.
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Américas Award 1995
Josie
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Escape from Haiti.
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So boring
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This book is good. Very sad, and a little bit hard to get into. But, it became very intriguing towards the end!
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Frances Temple grew up in Virginia, France, and Vietnam. About her third book she wrote, "The Ramsay Scallop is about our need for adventure and motion, for throwing in with strangers, trusting and listening. The story began to take form in northern Spain along pilgrim trails; was fed by histories, stories, letters, by the testimony of a fourteenthcentury shepherd, by the thoughts of today's pilgr ...more