Sarah the Bold by Eileen Lettick
“History came alive when Sarah traveled back to Colonial Times. I felt her horror when she was treated as a runaway slave and rooted for her every step of the way.”
—Stephanie Robinson, author of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
"As she (Sarah) fights to regain her freedom and convince people that she really is not a runaway, thieving slave, she begins to realize that she is witnessing the birth of the United States of America. Enterprising teachers will find this book useful while teaching this period of American history."
—Sarah Maury Swan, author of Terror’s Identity and Emily’s Ride to Courage
African-American Sarah Osborne, a twenty-first century resident of Guilford, Connecticut, celebrates her eleventh birthday. She is angry and disappointed when she receives a colonial doll (a poppet) rather than the roller blades she anticipates. In the privacy of her bedroom she names the doll Miss Prickle, and pledges never to love her like her other ones. She slams the doll against her bedroom door and is magically transported to the year 1765—a time she knows only through history books.
When Sarah awakens on the Guilford town green, she is mistaken for a runaway slave. The reader follows Sarah as she meets a renowned American figure, deals with the racial cruelty of the times, and strives to make sense of her new life in pre-revolutionary America.
Eileen Lettick grew up in Connecticut, the big sister in a very large family stuffed into a very small house that was filled with plenty of love, laughter, books and bubblegum. She is a former elementary school teacher and literacy consultant who loves to be around children because she likes the way they think. Eileen writes fast-paced stories with strong female characters. Her first novel, Sarah the Bold, was named a finalist in the Tassy Walden Book Award: New Voices in Children's Literature. She likes to visit schools and libraries to blab about how writers create wonderful books.