Journey of Little Charlie
Journey of Little Charlie
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Catalog Number: #178683
Format: Publisher's Hardcover (Large Print)
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Publisher: Thorndike Press
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-432-86144-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-432-86144-5
Dewey: Fic
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
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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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.


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