Promises to the Dead

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HarperCollins, Jan 8, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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All Jesse Sherman seeks in the Maryland woods is a big old turtle for his uncle Philemon's dinner. Instead, he finds two runaway slaves: Perry, and his pregnant mother, Lydia. In a short while, Jesse finds himself bound by a promise to the dying Lydia to take Perry to Baltimore, where her son can finally be free.

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User Review  - librarybrandy - LibraryThing

When Jesse is sent down to the marsh to hunt a turtle for the soup pot, he knows he's in for a miserable night--it's dark, it's rainy, and it's too early in the season for turtles anyway. Just as he's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaitlin - Borders

this book seems really good, i got it a few days ago and I'm still not done with it, but already there are a lot of bad words that i don't think are good for kids. Not BAD words, just words that you ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Mary Downing Hahn is the best-selling author of more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including Stepping on the Cracks, which won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Anna on the Farm is the follow-up to Anna All Year Round, both based on the author’s mother’s memoirs about growing up in Maryland pre-World War I.

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