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Author Dahlberg, Maurine F., 1951-
Title The story of Jonas / Maurine F. Dahlberg.
Pub Info New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
book jacket
 Provincetown-Children's  J FICTION Dahlberg     AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Descript 148 p. ; 22cm.
Note Accelerated Reader MG 4.9 5 5 115468
Summary In the mid-1800s, a slave boy dreams of escaping to freedom while on a journey from Missouri to the gold fields of Kansas Territory with his master's n'er-do-well son. Jonas has lived all of his thirteen years on a farm in Missouri, and even though he hears whispers about freedom, he thinks he'll never try to escape. He knows what happens to slaves who attempt to run away. Besides, Master William has promised to make Jonas his personal manservant, and Jonas thinks fine suits and special privileges sound like a dream. But this dream is put on hold when, in 1859, Master William's good-for-nothing son, Percy, decides to seek his fortune in the Kansas Territory gold fields, taking Jonas along as his cook and caretaker. Although Percy is a brutal master, Jonas is surprised to find that the other members of the wagon train don't hold his views about slavery. Jonas even befriends a doctor's daughter, who teaches him how to read. And with each word Jonas learns, he discovers that there are much bigger dreams a boy can have than being another man's servant.
Subject Slavery -- Fiction.
Fugitive slaves -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
ISBN 0374372640
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