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I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865
Dear America Series Book #7 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Joyce Hansen

Book Info

Published on October 1, 1997
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.0 (5.0 Points, Quiz #17624)
GLE: 4.8
F&P/GRL: T
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 820L

Summary:
Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the ripe but confusing time following the end of the Civil War and the granting of freedom to former slaves.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
I am so frightened my heart is dancing a reel in my chest.

Back Cover:
My name is Patsy. This is my story....
Patsy, an orphaned slave, has taught herself to read and write on the sly. After the Civil War ends and slavery is abolished, Patsy believes her master will keep his word and pay the former house slaves and provide an education for the slave children. But when Master Davis ignores his promise to establish a school, and the Freedmen's Bureau can't send a teacher, Patsy steps in to teach the students, old and young, to read and write.

Patsy's diary is filled with courage, conviction, and hope as she strives toward freedom - freedom from slavery and freedom from the limitations placed on her by others.

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