Time to a slave only means endless work, but for Pearl, the last ten years have meant time without her younger brother Julius. He was sold away from Barbados, a little island of sugar cane and slavery, but Pearl is still there, the lady's maid to Mrs. Keegan.After Mrs. Keegan dies, rumor has it that Mr. Keegan may return to his native England with his two children, which mTime to a slave only means endless work, but for Pearl, the last ten years have meant time without her younger brother Julius. He was sold away from Barbados, a little island of sugar cane and slavery, but Pearl is still there, the lady's maid to Mrs. Keegan.After Mrs. Keegan dies, rumor has it that Mr. Keegan may return to his native England with his two children, which means Pearl will be sold for sure. Surprising herself, Pearl asks Mr. Keegan if he intends to sell her. To her shock, he says that yes, he'll return to England—but he's going to free her first. Pearl asks to be taken to England, too, with vain hopes that she'll uncover what's become of Julius—even if it means she'll remain enslaved.Freed and employed as the Keegans' nanny, Pearl does not know how to begin looking for Julius or how to conduct herself as a free person in a new country. Her search leads to an unlikely alliance with Mr. Keegan, friendship with freed blacks, learning to read and write, and the choices to change her life, on her own terms....
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|Number of Pages||:||101 Pages|
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Interesting account, wasn't sure what to make of it at first because normally depiction of slavery tend to have a harder edge, this certainly was different, can't say events like this couldn't or didn't happen and this story could have been just as common as Edward Jones The Known World or William Brown's Cletus none of them would have been considered typical of the time period. I felt the author's enthusiasm for her story, I feel tenderness in this portrayal of new beginnings and finding hope this along with Paula Fox The Slave Dancer are two books that would do well for younger adults maybe as a middle school slavery reading syllabus. Anyway congratulations to the Author a very nice book of a very tough subject.
The life of an eighteenth century slave is anything but easy. Hardship is a normal and accepted way of living. Slaves exist from day to day, with little or no hope of ever moving beyond the situation they find themselves in. This does not stop Pearl, a quick-thinking, hardworking and spunky slave girl, who travels from Barbados to England in search of her long-lost brother. As the story unfolds, the obstacles that she face seem insurmountable. Strength and determination keep her moving forward and help her to take each challenge in her stride. A great story!
I loved reading about Pearl's journey! I adore her as a main character, and the whole cast of characters in this is great. I quite honestly teared up and cried at the end, because I was just so happy! Pearl is strong and determined. I had a great time watching her journey as she went from a quiet maid to a nanny who finds her voice and learns to read, write, and navigate the world around her while searching for the brother she was separated from. Just the thought of that is heartbreaking. Love this so much!
The research put into this story was aparent and illuminates something modern people don't often seem to think about. I loved Pearl as a character, and those around her were a delight as well. B