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- I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl (Dear America Series).
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Contents [ show ]. Categories :. With emancipation official, the Freedmen's Bureau is promising that teachers will come and a real school will open on the plantation to educate the black children.
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
Patsy eagerly waits for that day to come, while many of the people she has known all her life begin leaving in search of a better life elsewhere. As more time passes and no teacher arrives, Patsy's best friend, Ruth, begins to talk of leaving too, so that she can find a school for her young son. To keep that from happening, Patsy will need to find the courage to tell everyone that she isn't slow like they thought, and that she could teach them what she knows until a real teacher can be found.
Being a lover of history and historical fiction, I've been very excited about trying out the Dear America series for quite some time. Since all the books are written by different authors, I'm not sure how they compare to this one, but I was very pleased with my first foray into the series.
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly chronicles the life of a freed slave girl a few months after emancipation was voted into law. I was pretty sure the book was a work of fiction, but the author did such a good job with making the story believable that I had a few moments of doubt until reading the historical notes at the end which confirmed that it was.
Dear America: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
Patsy was a sweet, lovely, and very relatable character to read about. She is only about twelve or thirteen when the story open, and to the outside world she isn't much to look at. In addition to being an orphan, Patsy is painfully shy because of a severe stuttering problem, and she also walks with a pronounced limp.
Inside though, she is a very brave and strong girl who secretly taught herself how to read and write during a time when the punishment for doing so could have been extremely severe.
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I really like how Patsy grew a lot throughout the story and became braver and more readily able to speak as time went on. She also takes so much joy and comfort from her reading that when she reads aloud, her stutter all but disappears.
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