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Away West (Scraps of Time) Hardcover – March 2, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scraps of Time (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition, First Printing edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670060127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670060122
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,187,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-4 The second in the series, this book begins as the Webster children investigate their grandmother's attic. A memento there leads to the story of their ancestor, Everett Turner. Following the Civil War, he was the first of his family to be born into freedom, and the first to be educated. As his story begins, Everett has stowed away on a riverboat headed to St. Louis. He's seen a pamphlet about free land in the West that has him dreaming of his own place. Fortunately, Everett falls in with good people in St. Louis. He learns to work with horses and joins a group of former slaves headed for Nicodemus, KS. The story ends as the group begins the trip to Kansas City. The cover art with a boy on a bucking horse will draw many readers. They'll find a rewarding tale that highlights a lesser-known aspect of America's pioneer story. McKissack deftly weaves in details of the time, including Buffalo soldiers, the role of the church, and the rise of the Klan. This book is just right for beginning chapter book readers who enjoyed Barbara Brenner's Wagon Wheels (HarperCollins, 1978) and are ready for more. Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE
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Gr. 3-6. In this companion to Abby Takes a Stand (2005), from the Scraps of Time series, the Webster cousins find a Civil War medal in their grandmother's attic, and Gee relates a story about Everett Turner, to whom the medal belonged. In 1879, the newly orphaned Turner runs away to St. Louis, where he works in a livery stable, earning money to move west to the all-African American town of Nicodemus, Kansas. Everett treasures his ability to read and write, but his developing skills as a horse trainer earn him a place on the wagon train. McKissack augments her story about the town with details of African American Civil War regiments (where Everett's father earned the aforementioned medal) and the buffalo soldiers. Short chapters, simple sentences, and James' pencil sketches make this an appealing choice for newly independent readers; an appended time line clarifies the actual people and events. Suggest Daniel Chu's Going Home to Nicodemus (1994) to children who want to learn more about the town. Kay Weisman
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By Cozy Cat on March 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It roped me in with the horses and lots of history. It was a great book. The Scraps of Time series is one of the best historical fiction series you can find. The characters in Away West were interesting and I loved how Everett taught Big Blue to write. That was definitely one of my favorite parts of the story. Try it because this book is an excellent read.
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