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Addy Walker and her mother arrive in Philadelphia to begin life as free people. Everything is new to them in the big city. Addy is most happy about two changes. She has a friend for the first time, Sarah, and she goes to school, where she learns to read and write. In school, Addy sits next to Harriet. Harriet is smart, wealthy, and popular, and Harriet has the life that Addy thought freedom would bring her. Addy hopes to be Harriet's friend and Sarah's friend. But Addy ends up having to make a choice. As a result, she learns about real friendship and real freedom.
It's summer in Philadelphia. The Civil War has ended, and families like Addy's that have been separated are searching for their loved ones. The church is putting on a fund-raising fair to help people hurt by the war. When Addy has to work on the fair with her snobby friend Harriet, their feud heats up again-until tragedy forces the girls to soften their hearts. The fair is a great success. Then, suddenly, they discover that the money they've raised has been stolen. Addy saves the day and is rewarded with a wonderful surprise.
In addition to a heartwarming story set in Civil War times, this book includes fun historical facts related to Abraham Lincoln. How many blocks make up the Lincoln Memorial? (Other American Girl books are also available from Bookshare.) This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
After her brother joins the family in Philadelphia at the end of the Civil War, Addy wants to be with him as much as possible so she is jealous when he starts spending time with her friend's cousin.
Addy and her mother know that Christmas will be hard without Poppa, Sam, and Esther. When Addy spots a beautiful red scarf in a secondhand shop, she determines to get it for Momma to brighten her holiday. To save the money, Addy decides to keep half the tips she earns by making deliveries for Mrs. Ford's dress shop. But when Addy sees the plight of newly freed slaves, she feels torn. Can she help them and still get the scarf for Momma? Addy's Christmas surprise for Momma ends up being different from what she planned. And a surprise await-ing Addy is better than she even dared to hope for
Though her parents "Jumped the broom," to get married when they were slaves, now that they are living free in Philadelphia after the Civil War they plan to have a church wedding and Addy works to complete a special quilt to give them as a wedding gift.
As 1865 ends, Addy still longs to have her whole family together. She's begun to give up hope when the Walker family finally gets word that baby Esther, Auntie Lula, and Uncle Solomon have started out for Philadelphia. Addy begins to search the city for them. Her search is rewarded, but the reunion she dreamed of is mixed with joy and deep sorrow. Freedom has cost her family dearly. As Addy prepares for her reading at the Emancipation Celebration at church, she wonders if she even believes the famous words about freedom she is supposed to read. Momma reminds Addy that their family will always be together as long as their love and courage live in her heart
It's springtime in Philadelphia, and Addy and her parents have moved from the garret into a boarding house. There Addy finds a wise and inspiring friend, M'dear. Like many people who grew up enslaved, Addy doesn't know when she was born. M'dear encourages Addy to claim a special day for her birthday, but no day seems just right. One day, M'dear falls ill. When Addy and Sarah take a streetcar to get medicine for her, they face prejudice- and danger. M'dear helps Addy overcome her anger and hurt and gives her a deeper understanding of freedom. When Addy finally claims a birthday, she has grown in many ways. Her birthday is a special day indeed, and the whole city celebrates.
Fifteen-year-old Tasha tells a tale of teenage motherhood. Balancing school with the perils of surviving the ghetto, Tasha gives birth to Imani, a child conceived in violence and given a name that means "faith." Tasha expresses a powerful, protective love for her daughter even as she herself negotiates her existence among drug dealers and explores her own adolescent sexuality. Just when Tasha appears to have found a place for herself with Imani and in school, her world is devastated by a flash of injustice that changes her life forever.
One night during the summer of 1864, Addy Walker overhears her parents talk about an exciting yet terrifying idea- escaping slavery. But before Addy's family can make the escape, the worst happens to them. The family is separated when Master Stevens decides to sell some of his slaves. Addy and her mother take the terrible risk of escaping by themselves because they want to be free and because they hope the family eventually will be together again in Philadelphia. Set during America's own struggle over slavery, the Civil War, Addy's story is one of great courage and love- love of family and love of freedom.
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