Then a steamboat whistle splits the air. The Rob Roy from New Orleans docks at the landing, and off the boat step two remarkable figures: a vibrant, commanding young lady in a rustling hoop skirt and a darker, silent woman in a plain cloak, with a bandanna wrapped around her head. Who are these two fascinating strangers? And is the darker woman a slave, standing now on the free soil of Illinois? When Tilly's mother invites the women to board at her house, the whole world shifts for the Pruitts and for their visitors as well.
In this tale of mystery, adventure, and the civilian Civil War experience, Richard Peck has spun a breathtaking portrait of the lifelong impact that one person can have on another. This is a novel of countless riches.
©2003 Richard Peck; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Peck reaches new depth with this Civil War-era novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"This unusual Civil War novel really boosts Peck's credentials as America's best living author for young adults." (The Washington Post)
The story is great. I am looking forward to teaching this book to my 8th graders.
Like Peck's "Fair Weather," I love how he takes his characters to historically accurate entertainment venues. In "FW," we visited the Chicago World's Fair and a Wild West. In this story, we learn about actual Show Boats of the era. I plan to try singing "Old Man River" to my soon-to-be embarrassed 8th graders when we come to the Show Boat part.
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