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Away West (2006)

Author: Patricia McKissack Illustrator: Gordon James
Publisher: Penguin Group
Number of pages: 128 pages

Unlike his older brothers, thirteen-year-old Everett was "born in freedom," never knowing life as a slave. His most prized possession is the medal his father earned in the Civil War. Now, more than 125 years later, that treasure is kept in the Websters’ attic with other "scraps of time," ready to be discovered by another generation eager to know its family history. The second novel in Patricia C. McKissack’s family saga recounts a young Southern boy’s dream of heading west to a new life and the way in which his journey teaches him the deeper meaning of the medal his father won.

ISBN 13: 978-0142406885
Reading Level (grade): 3.4
Reading Level (A-Z): O