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I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina 1865 (Dear America Series) [Hardcover]

By Joyce Hansen (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1997
Publisher   Scholastic Inc
Age  9-14
ISBN  0590849131  
EAN  9780590849135  

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Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the ripe but confusing time following the end of the Civil War and the granting of freedom to former slaves

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joyce Hansen has been writing books and stories for children and young adults for over twenty years. She grew up with two younger brothers and her parents in an extended family that included aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, all living in the Bronx, New York. For many years Ms. Hansen was a New York City public school teacher. She has since retired and presently lives with her husband in South Carolina, where she writes full-time.

Joyce Hansen currently resides in Columbia, in the state of South Carolina.

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Freedom in the eyes of a young former slave...  Apr 20, 2007
Not only is 12-year-old Patsy a slave, but she's also one of the least important slaves, since she stutters and walks with a limp. So when the war ends and she's given her freedom, Patsy is naturally curious and afraid of what her future will hold.

Although she and the others are technically free to do as they choose, their former owners are reluctant to do that. So, as long as they remain on the plantation, they all know their lives won't be any different.

With that in mind, the slaves slowly begin to leave -- seeking long-lost relatives, or starting over in a brand-new place. Patsy, who arrived on the plantation with a group of men as a toddler, has no idea who her parents are. With a sick feeling in her heart, she enviously watches other families reunite, knowing that no one will come for her.

Even so, Patsy's too busy to feel sorry for herself long. Now that slavery's ended, she and the others are free to learn, and they're eager to get a school established on the grounds. But problems with securing a teacher force Patsy to reveal her secret -- some time ago, she learned to read and write. Soon, Patsy is enjoying a newfound importance as her fellow ex-slaves depend upon her, affectionately calling her "Little Teacher" -- and helping her gain the confidence to embark on a new life of her own.

This book is an excellent way to get anyone, from children Patsy's age to adulthood, to understand just what freed slaves endured as they struggled to make the huge transition from captivity to independence.
And it did  Mar 7, 2006
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly

In this book Pasty or "little teacher," a slave in South Carolina, learns how to read through two white kids when they play a cruel, sick joke on her. While Annie pretends to be the teacher at a school Pasty and the little boy "pretend" to learn, but Pasty isn't pretending. After receiving a journal from Annie as another cruel joke, she starts writing. As an injured slave no one pays much attention to her until she reveals that she can read. Promised a plantation school and land, the newly freed slaves on Davis Hall Plantation are furious when they don't get either. What will they do? Read and find out!

This book is O.K. but it isn't a book that I would just pick up and start reading. I like historical fiction, but this book just doesn't make me want to read it. Don't let my opinion influence you though, try it and you might like it, I am just a picky reader.
The Effect on People's Life  Dec 15, 2005
We can never know the life of others unless we have put ourselves in other people's shoes. Life can be so hard these days so we need to get along with each other because we might need some one to do something for us one day.

Pasty is talking about how her life was in 1865 at Mars Bluff, South Carolina, she could not be taught how to read or write, and had to work in fields, all the time. She also got beat when she did not do the right thing, she had to cook for the owner, and I know that is a way no one would want to live, like she had to. It was a hard job to do when she had to be out in the cold doing work.

Pasty's life can make people want to have a new experiment if they were in her shoes. If that was my life I would want to be able to get out of the situation she is in, that is something some of us might would break down in cry sometimes it is hard when you can not see your mother that often her mom came to see her the owner of the slaves made her leave but refused to leave she got arrested for private property and for trespassing.

Everybody's life can change in a spilt second. Have you ever felt that your life has gone through different pathways, some people can be going through things that make you want to get angry around the clock, every body can feel if they have lost control of what they have done in the past, sometimes you just have to give it to God for your wrong doings and the pain you went through once in your lifetime.

I would recommend this book for any person of any age. It is a great book reminding people of how much they have got to be thankful for and, how much freedom you actually have, during the moments of your life when the world has put you through things that make us wonder why life can be so hard.
Where to begin....  Mar 26, 2005
This book is one of the best in the entire series in my opinion. The story takes place just after the Civil War on a plantation, and though the negros on the place expected life to change, it hasn't changed at all.

One of the things that make this story one of the best is Patsy herself. Instead of giving her a perfect life, the author gave her anything but that. Patsy hobbles, one of her legs is shorter than the other, she stutters and stammers, and because of this, everyone presumes that she is stupid. She is anything but. She also longs for a family, but doesn't even know who her parents were.

This is an outstanding story, one of the things that make this story good, once again is the heroine. Patsy is perhaps one of the best characters written. This is one of the best of the "Dear America" series.
WOW  Dec 28, 2004
The moment I started reading that book, I couldn't put it down! It was AMAZING! It's about a girl named Patsy living in the Reconstrustion era. As many of the other slaves leave, who are now freed, she wonders about her life and if she should leave her plantation life. She learns a lot about herself and life in general. But I won't give away the ending... :-X I recommend it to all!!!!!!

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