Item description for Horseback on the Boston Post Road, 1704 by Laurie Lawlor...
A Secret Journey
As the winter of 1704 approaches, New Englanders are reeling from the news of war with the French and Indians. Meanwhile a mysterious letter has arrived for the widow Madame Sarah Kemble Knight, instructing her to bring the twin servants, twelve-year-olds Hester and Philena, on an unfamiliar journey from Boston toward New Haven, Connecticut. But Madame Knight decides to take only one of the sisters, who have been bound in servitude since infancy.
However Philena soon risks her life to follow Hester and the widow. When they meet up, the trip turns perilous. The travelers face drowning, starvation, and exhaustion as they make their way through menacing woods, hazardous swamps, and wild rivers. But neither girl can imagine the real reason for the journey that will end in New York and change their lives forever....
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2002
ISBN 0743436261 ISBN13 9780743436267
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More About Laurie Lawlor
Laurie Lawlor has published more than thirty books for children and young adults. "Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James Cook's Final Expedition" was a "VOYA" Nonfiction Honor Book called "fascinating" by the "New York Times". "Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit" was named an American Library Association Notable Book and a Best Book for Young Adults. "Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis" won a Golden Kite Honor Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. Ms. Lawlor lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Laurie Lawlor currently resides in Evanston, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about Horseback on the Boston Post Road, 1704?
Excellant addition to the American Sisters series. Nov 24, 2000
Twelve-year-old twins Hester and Philena, indentured servants to Madame Sarah Kemble Knight in her Boston home, have no memory of their parents. Yet their predictable life, the only one they know, is about to change. Madame Knight receives a letter summoning her to New Haven. She decides to bring her fifteen-year-old daughter, Polly, along, as well as Hester. But a devastated Philena is forced to stay behind, to care for Madame Knight's mother, Goodwife Kemble. However, Goodwife Kemble sends Philena and the family's Indian slave, Cato, after Madame Knight, to give her something she forgot to bring along. Before the two can catch up to the travelers, Cato runs away to freedom, abandoning Philena in the wilderness. She must travel on, completely on her own. Even when she finally catches up to Madame Knight, Polly, and Hester, things don't get much easier. The four travelers face every danger imaginable on the difficult journey by horseback along the Boston Post Road, but Hester and Philena discover things about themselves and each other that they never knew, and find their own hidden strength and courage. I highly reccomend this book, and the entire series, to girls who enjoy historical fiction.