Soon Be Free

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Simon and Schuster, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 320 pages
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"Why do weird things always happen to me?"
Dana thought she had solved all the historical mysteries in her parents' house in Lawrence, Kansas. But now that her parents have turned the house into a bed-and-breakfast, Dana isn't so sure. Their first guests, the Burks, are a suspicious couple who snoop where they shouldn't, searching for a secret document linked to the Weavers, a Quaker family who lived in the house almost 150 years ago when the house was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
As Dana combs the house for the hidden document, the story unfolds of thirteen-year-old James Baylor Weaver and his journey in 1857 to bring four slaves to freedom. James's travels will not only change his life but will bring about a horrible choice -- one that holds the key to the mystery Dana must solve before the Burks. Will she find the document in time?
 

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Contents

Firebird House
1
A Leg to Stand On
6
Skeleton Key
11
Will in the Shadows
16
Walking on Egg Yolks
19
No More Talk of a Dead Body
22
Too Much History
27
Cockleburs
31
Flat as a Cockroach
146
The Old Man Is AWaiting
151
Floating Feather
159
AnOldGoofer
163
Gift of Feathers
170
The Devils in the Cave
174
A Politically Correct Indian
180
Rats and Ambrosia
184

Caught
34
Miz Lizbets Legacy
38
Trap
43
Dred Scott
46
Hound Dog PJs
55
A Surprise Passenger
57
Samuel Straightfeather
65
Delaware Woman
68
No Hula Hoops
77
The Cutest Thang
80
Ronald McDonald Curls
87
The Father of Waters
90
Silent Scream
95
Not Everybody Gets Free
98
Air
106
Promised Land
109
The FireEater
115
One Goes We All Go
119
Ernies Bait Shop
124
Wicked Wicker
127
Tonganoxie
134
The Crunch of Footsteps
138
Bo Prairie Fire
188
Shprintzes Calico
191
Lulu
198
Dawgs
202
Elder Brother Wont Come
208
A Pair of Conjurers
211
Hollywood Extravaganza
215
A Dang Good Forgery
219
The Delaware Project
223
A Moral Dilemma
229
Whereas and Heretofore
239
Lanes Chimneys
243
The Missing Treaty
250
Stung by the Love Bug
256
Time and Mother Earth
265
Sheep in Wolfs Clothing
271
New Time Old Time
279
Kansas Territory
284
Home at Last
287
State of Kansas
291
Who Knows
295
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Lois Ruby is the author of several novels, including Steal Away Home, which was named an IRA Young Adults' Choice and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC). Before she turned to writing, she was a young adult librarian for the Dallas Public Library. In her spare time she serves on the board of Inter-Faith Inn, a homeless shelter in Wichita, Kansas, and sometimes teaches minicourses to seventh and eighth graders. “The place I feel most comfortable,” she says, “is among teenagers, laughing.” The mother of three sons, she lives in Wichita with her husband, Thomas.