The Journey of Little Charlie
The Journey of Little Charlie

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Annotation: After his sharecropper father dies in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to what seems like a good deal: settling his family's accounts in exchange for accompanying the plantation overseer north in search of fugitives.
Catalog Number: #158559
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 234 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-15666-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0827-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-15666-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0827-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017020256
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 48,178
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 193275 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.5 / points:13.0 / quiz:Q72574
Lexile: 960L
Guided Reading Level: P
Sweat was pouring out of every part of my body.

We'd been standing in the alley for the longest time afore the Cap'n finally said, "Don't turn now, that's her with the sack and the bonnet."

The Cap'n had me as a shield, ducking behind me so the woman couldn't see him. Soon's she walked on by the alley he give me a shove and I was on the sidewalk behind the woman.

Following the plan I run out in the street till I was ten yards past then turned to face her.

I said, "'Scuse me, Ma'am, do you know where..."

Both me and the woman gasped. I thought the Cap'n had made a mistake, 'cause whilst this woman did have a eye patch and a scar running 'crost her cheek, he hadn't said nothing 'bout her skin! She was colored!

How could a woman who didn't look no different than the slaves I'd seent 'round Possum Moan be the leader of a gang that robbed Mr. Tanner of four thousand dollars?

Excerpted from The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
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The National Book Award finalist by Christopher Paul Curtis!

Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His sharecropper father just died and Cap'n Buck -- the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina -- has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the cap'n and his boss. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie... until he comes face-to-face with the fugitives and discovers their true identities. Torn between his guilty conscience and his survival instinct, Charlie needs to figure out his next move -- and soon. It's only a matter of time before Cap'n Buck catches on.

Newbery Medalist Christopher Paul Curtis brings his trademark humor and heart to this story of a boy struggling to do right in the face of history's cruelest evils.


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