Chasing the North Star: A Novel
On a moonless night in the spring of 1851, a young slave makes a bid for freedom with only the North Star to guide him. Bestselling novelist and historian Robert Morgan returns with a stunning new work of historical fiction. In Chasing the North Star, Morgan brings to full and vivid life the... show more
On a moonless night in the spring of 1851, a young slave makes a bid for freedom with only the North Star to guide him. Bestselling novelist and historian Robert Morgan returns with a stunning new work of historical fiction. In Chasing the North Star, Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of a runaway slave named Jonah Williams who, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born with only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back. No shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, hiding during the day and running through the night. Although Jonah eludes the men sent to capture him, the one person who never loses his trail is Angel, a slave girl he meets in North Carolina, a young woman with a remarkably free spirit who sees Jonah as her way to freedom and sets out to follow him. Morgan’s clear, plain prose brings an urgency and authenticity to this spellbinding story of two teenage runaways and their terrifying world. Filled with adventure and romance, Chasing the North Star is storytelling of the highest caliber.Praise for Robert Morgan: “Robert Morgan’s true landscape is, as with all great writers, the peaks and valleys, the long and winding paths, of the human heart.” —Ron Rash
Publish date: 2016-04-05
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan is the story of two runaway slaves trying to make their way to the north. The story is one of slaves but not really one of slavery. Please note that the book does have graphic descriptions of violence and “adult” encounters. However, the book seems to lack the...
Johah Williams is a slave on a plantation in South Carolina. It’s 1850; well before the Civil War and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. He’s Mrs. William’s house slave serving her two children. When the children are taught their lessons, Jonah listens. From those lessons, he teaches himself t...
By: Robert Morgan ISBN: 9781565126275 Publisher: Algonquin Books Publication Date: 4/5/2016 Format: Hardcover My Rating: 5 Stars A special thank you to Algonquin Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Storyteller, Robert Morgan, delivers a lively coming-of-age histori...
Chasing the North Star is the story of a slave named Jonah who learns to read as he serves his master’s children, listening in on their lessons. He is whipped when he is found reading in the hayloft, accused of stealing a book he was given by the mistress. Humiliated and hurt, Jonah decides impulsiv...