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The adventures of Midnight Son

by Patrick, Denise Lewis.

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j Fic Patrick,
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  j Fic Patrick,
 
 
Summary

"There ain't no words right enough to explain feelin' free."

On a dark Texas night in 1863 Midnight Son escapes from the plantation where he has lived all his life. In constant fear of bounty hunters, he hides in trees during the day and travels by night until he makes it across the border into Mexico.

Free from slavery, Midnight finds work as a ranch hand and soon learns the ropes of a cowpoke. But as exciting as the job is, Midnight must face life-threatening situations everyday--like leading a team through a twister--in order to protect his herd.

Denise Lewis Patrick explores the physical and emotional experiences of a young cowboy who is coming to grips with his past, learning to accept the racial tensions around him, and ultimately embracing the goodness he has found in others.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 5-8. Born into slavery, Midnight witnesses his sister being sold and his mother's grief after Midnight's baby brother's cruel death. The Civil War provides the distraction Midnight's parents have been looking for: they steal a horse for him and send him to freedom. Although he is frightened of the bounty hunters and sad over leaving his family, Midnight still relishes his freedom, especially once he gets to Mexico, where he meets ranch foreman Juan Diego and learns to become a cowboy. Midnight is a compelling character as he wrestles with his feelings of anger and loss, and the story is rich in sensory details and historical facts on the challenging and eventful life of a young wrangler on a cattle drive. (Reviewed December 15, 1997)080504714XSusan Dove Lempke"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Cowboys -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :H. Holt and Co.,1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 152 pages : map ; 22 cm
ISBN 080504714X (alk. paper)
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