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- Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers |
- 496 pages |
- ISBN 9781416984801 |
- January 2010 |
- Grades 7 and up |
- Lexile 760L
“Noni Carter was only a child when she first conceived of this story of a young girl's journey from freedom to slavery and back to ultimate freedom--but her debut novel is written with wisdom and heart far beyond her years. Well researched and delightfully well-written, Good Fortune is an empowering testament to history that will move readers both young and old.”– Tananarive Due, American Book Award-winning author of The Black Rose and Joplin's Ghost
“Noni Carter is an old wise soul in the body of a beautiful young woman. She has listened to the elders and the ancestors and brought us a story from the past that gives hope to our present and future. ”– Bertice Berry, author of Redemption Song and The Ties That Bind
“Few young novelists have the gift, range, and courage to tackle the sin of Slavery. Noni Carter does just that. And she does it well. Read Good Fortune and know that she has that rare quality of a natural storyteller--simple, poetic, and intensely emotional. This is extraordinary writing, rich in history, full of triumph.”– Kwame Alexander, author of Crush: Love Poems, and founder of Book-in-a-Day, Inc.
“Noni Carter is an important new voice in black literature. Get on board now because we'll be hearing from her for a long, long time.”– Reginald Hudlin, producer/director of House Party and Boomerang and author of The Black Panther Series
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HIS HAND CAME DOWN UPON MY CHEEK HARD AND FAST. Stunned, I staggered backward.
“Look at all dis cotton you left behind, gal!” I looked up to see the overseer’s hand nearing my face again. I flinched as he smacked me once more, sending me to my knees. I stared at the ground, seven years’ worth of hard labor in the fields burning under my veil of obedience.
“Next time I find you skippin’ ova cotton like it don’t matta nothin’ in the world to you, you gonna find yo’self beaten, gal, you understand me?”
“Yessuh,” I... see more
I AWOKE WITH A START. MARY WAS SHAKING ME SO HARD I felt dizzy.
“Sarah, chile, get up! Missus want you workin’ in the house.”
“Doin’ what?” I asked with a wide yawn, wondering why Mary was trying to wake me before my usual morning hour.
“Jus’ normal housework firs’ part’ve the day, an’ back in the fields fo’ the rest,” Daniel explained for her. He was always up earlier than the two of us, carving something out of wood. I lifted myself slowly from under the rags that served as my blanket and gazed at my brother.
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18-Year-0ld Author Noni Carter discusses the background of her new book, Good Fortune
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Q. how did you come to write Good Fortune?
A. I began GOOD FORTUNE around twelve years old with the passion to tell a good story, and to teach a history that was very near to my heart. With pen in hand and inspiration in spirit, I began loosely writing what was at the time a short story. Then one evening, I was told the story of an ancestor of mine, Grandma Rose, who had watched her mother sold away from her across the Mississippi River. As you can imagine, this account really got me thinking about the story that sat at the tip of my pen, and became one of the major motivations for writing what turned into my first published novel. So there it is, the beginnings of GOOD FORTUNE.