Hear it
By Jane Smolik
Publisher Charlesbridge
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This middlegrade historical novel follows three young girls living very different lives who are connected by one bottle that makes two journeys across the ocean. Its 1854 and elevenyearold Bones is a slave on a Virginia plantation. When she finds her name in the slaverecord book, she rips it out, rolls it up, and sets it free, corked inside a bottle alongside the carved peach pit heart her longlost father made for her. Across the Atlantic on the Isle of Wight, motherless Lady Bess Kent and her sister discover Boness bottle halfburied on the beach. Leaving Boness name where it began and keeping the peach pit heart for herself, Bess hides her mothers pearlencrusted cross necklace in the bottles so her scheming stepmother, Elsie, cant sell it off like shes done with other family heirlooms. When Harry, a local stonemasons son, takes the fall for Elsies thefts, Bess works with her seafaring friend, Chap, to help him escape. She gives the bottle to Harry and tells him to sell the cross. Back across the Atlantic in Boston, Mary Margaret Casey and her father are at the docks when Mary Margaret spies something shiny. Her father fishes it out of the water, and they use the cross to pay for a much needed doctors visit for Mary Margarets ailing sister. As Bess did, Mary Margaret leaves Boness name where it belongs. An epilogue returns briefly to each girl, completing the circle of the three unexpectedly interconnected lives.

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55835 words55,835 words
336 pages336 pages
Lexile 860LLexile 860L
Grade 3 to 7Grade 3 to 7
Age 8-12Age 8-12
Published 2015Published 2015

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