Good Fortune

Good Fortune

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Ayanna Bahati lives in a small African village when she is brutally kidnapped, along with her mother and brother, and forced onto a slave ship to America. As Ayanna, renamed Anna, rises from the cotton fields to the master’s house, she finds the familial love she’s been yearning for—but she is also faced with more threats to her survival. Risking everything to escape the plantation, Anna makes it to the North and to freedom, eventually settling in the free black community of Hadson, Ohio, and educating herself to become a teacher. A moving account from a compelling new storyteller.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 496 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416998631 | 
  • January 2010 | 
  • Grades 7 and up | 
  • Lexile 760L
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18-Year-0ld Author Noni Carter discusses the background of her new book, Good Fortune

Inspired by her family history,Good Fortune traces one girl's journey from slavery to freedom, told by 18-year-old Noni Carter in her dazzling debut.

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CHAPTER
1


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
CHAPTER
2


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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Author Revealed

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.

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