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Chasing the North Star: A Novel (edition 2016)

by Robert Morgan (Author)

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Title:Chasing the North Star: A Novel
Authors:Robert Morgan (Author)
Info:Algonquin Books (2016), 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:**1/2
Tags:fiction, historical fiction, slavery

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This was an interesting book, describing the escape to the North of two teenage slaves. The two characters, Jonah and Angel, were drawn as having two distinctly different approaches to solving the problems along the way, with Jonah taking the more considered path to solving his dilemma. Surprisingly, nowhere along the way were they helped by members of the Underground Railway. This book was rich with colorful scenes and characters the two runaways met on their journey. Hard to put down, but the ending left me unsettled. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jun 5, 2017 |
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Jonah is a slave who picks up the ability to read by watching the masters children attend lessons. When his owners wife catches him with a book and learns he can read she makes him keep it a secret and gives him the opportunity to further his reading ability. ultimately Jonah escapes and uses his knowledge to help him on his journey. Along the way he meets Angel who is inspired by him to also run away. The two will continue to cross paths despite Jonahs best attempts to rid him self of Angel. This was interesting account of two slaves journey north. ( )
  reb922 | May 22, 2017 |
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Good story of escaped slaves on the run from South Carolina for their freedom. Jonah and Angel are survivors who travel together off and on over several months, dodging danger and surviving horrific circumstances. Their adventures ultimately lead them to the freedom all human beings deserve. It was difficult to read about the abuse they suffered, such a dark time for our country. Robert Morgans style of writing is interesting and engaging, it's not bare bones but the words he strings together are just the right amount to convey what needs to be said. Recommended. ( )
  erinclark | May 19, 2017 |
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Chasing the North Star is a novel about 2 runaway slaves. The high rating (4 stars) is given due to Robert Morgan's strong prose and vivid descriptions, which is what I would expect from the writer of Gap Creek. The story flowed smoothly as Jonah and Angel slowly made their way North, although the way that their paths kept crossing was just a little too neat for my liking. Still, the struggle of slaves searching for freedom, combined with Morgan's good, solid writing style, made for an enjoyable read. ( )
  JGoto | May 9, 2017 |
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Robert Morgan has written a page-turning story about two runaway slaves who are determined to find a better life. Jonah and Angel are believable characters that readers can empathize with. At times, I felt upset over their situation, a sign of a well-written book ... that, and the fact that I stayed up way too late many nights because I couldn't put the book down. I also enjoyed the way that Mr. Morgan made Ithaca, NY a positive character in the story. This story is set during the antebellum period in the US, but it could easily relate to other persecuted groups who are seeking a better life. ( )
  meacoleman | May 8, 2017 |
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