Promises to the Dead



A Promise Made To The Dead Is A Promise Kept.All Jesse Sherman Seeks In The Maryland Woods Is A Big Turtle For His Uncle Philemon S Dinner Instead, He Finds The Slave Boy Perry And His Mother, Lydia A Young Woman Nearly Ready To Give Birth Lydia Asks Jesse To See Perry Safely To Freedom, And When Tragedy Strikes, Jesse S Bound To Make Good On His Word Even If It Means Risking Both His And Perry S Lives.Soon The Authorities Are On The Lookout For Jesse And Perry The Boys Must Be Extra Careful Not Even Jesse S White Skin Will Protect Them Courage, Determination, Wits And A Promise Will Have To See Them Through.Promises to the Dead

I grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland Our block was loaded with kids my age We spent hours outdoors playing Kick the Can and Mother, May I as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory the woods on the other side of the t

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 202 pages
  • Promises to the Dead
  • Mary Downing Hahn
  • English
  • 18 June 2017

10 thoughts on “Promises to the Dead

  1. says:

    This is not a typical Hahn book and so, at first, I was a little disappointed When I pick up a Hahn, I have been programmed to expect chills, thrills and goosebumps Well, actually, some of that was true in this book, too, but not because of a scary ghost The chills came from the living which was so much evil than anything undead.The story is set during the Civil War a historic setting was another departure for Hahn s regular style Jesse is an orphan who lives with his bachelor uncle who sends him into the swamps one night hunting for a turtle so that he might have terrapin soup made by their slave cook As Jesse is stumbling around in the dark muck, he comes across an escaped slave, who is about to give birth, and her young son As a Southerner, Jesse has been taught to turn all slaves in but something about this young mother tickles his co...

  2. says:

    This book is very well crafted There is so much action and commotion going on in every second of this story The author used great text, making it much interesting than most books One thing that was kind of hard to follow is all of the characters There were so many of them that it was hard to completely understand what was going on in the story at some points I would have liked it even if the story line was a bit easier to follow Other than this one confusing stage of so many characters at the end of this book overall it was a great book The author did a great job of creating a specific tone and mood for each main character all the way from the begging to the end of this story I really enjoyed reading this book because it is one of those books that you start reading and don t want to put down The relationship between Jesse and Perry throughout the book completely changed At the beginning Perry wanted nothing to do with Jesse and Jesse wanted nothing to do with Perry or Lydia As the characters were built up and changing so was their relationship By the end of the book they are like brothers and are heartbroken to leave each other I think that slowly as they got to know each other they realized that they needed each other to survive They had to depend on one another Jesse and Perry slowly b...

  3. says:

    When Jesse is sent down to the marsh to hunt a turtle for the soup pot, he knows he s in for a miserable night it s dark, it s rainy, and it s too early in the season for turtles anyway Just as he s about to give up, there s a knife at his throat, and a runaway slave is begging him to go fetch the midwife, because this slave s baby is coming now. Unfortunately, labor doesn t go so well, and Jesse makes a promise to the dying Lydia to take her older son, Perry, to Balti to live with her white friend Despite his misgivings, Jesse agrees, and the two boys set out on a dangerous journey to find Miss Polly It ll be hard enough to avoid the riots and skirmishes at the cusp of the Civil War, but with the ruthless slave catcher just one step behind them on the whole journey, Jesse s promise to Lydia is looking almost impossible to fulfill.As historical fiction goes, it s not bad the plot moves along at a consistent pace and the drama of the slave catcher on their tail keeps tension A lengthy author s note at the end explains which events really happened and which were fabricated, and gives some background on the era The plot winds through a number of contrivances in which every stop houses one of Perry s relations before ultimately depositing him with his grandmother and sending Jesse back home just in time to nurse his uncle back from the brink of death This is a relatively short 200 pages book to fulfill historical reading assignments,...

  4. says:

    This book was truly amazing It started out with a sort of hard working boy named Jesse, and he was sent to catch a turtle for his Uncle Philemon to eat for dinner when he got caught by a slave woman Lydia and her son Perry He ended up making a promise to take Perry to Balti to be safe, even though the could be caught on the way.It was dramatic at times too I think the book really had some meaning and it was written from the heart I don t think I could have been as brave as Jesse at times in the book This writing was very powerful in a way and made you think how short and scary life was, but if you push through it you ll be fine I don t really see a weakness of the book unless you have a lack of comprehension, but its strengths are that it full of adventure right when you open the page,it gives such good details that you could ...

  5. says:

    This bool took place right before the civil war, a time not really considered but Mary Downing Hahn describes well All 12 year Jesse wanted to do was get a turtle for his Philemon so they could have turtle soup to help his rheumatism But things don t always go right like in Jesse s situation He ran into runaway pregnant slave named Lydia with her 7 year old son Perry Despite Jesse s efforts to get the town s healer woman Lydia dies of child birth along with her baby being stillborn But the one thing that Lydia said to Jesse was to take Perry to her master s sister in Balti and show her a love locket showing Lydia and her master Well, things didn t go so well in Balti like the fact that Lydia s sister in law she was never properly married to Mr.Baxter her husband had moved to the countryside Along with Colonel Abdnego Botfeild at their tails Jesse and Perry s journey becomes dangerous This book gives an insight on the behavior of people before the civil war and how st...

  6. says:

    A departure from Hahn s creepy fantasy this is purely historical fiction Set at the beginning of the Civil War, Jesse lives in Maryland, a state that has mixed loyalties While hunting turtle in the swamp near his uncle s house, Jesse finds a pregnant runaway slave and her son Lydia is dying and she makes Jesse promise to take her young son to his white aunt Jesse and Perry must travel across Maryland and eventually into Virginia They mu...

  7. says:

    I think this was an excellent book I love the civil war and anything that has to do with runaway slaves The way Mary Downing Hahn describes the places Jesse and Perry travel to make you feel like you are on this thrilling adventure with them This book...

  8. says:

    Promises to the Dead was about a boy who s father sent him out to get a turtle when a slave woman, in labor puts a knife to his throat and needs him to get her a doctor The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me, but as it went on suspense built and I couldn t wait till I had a chance to read...

  9. says:

    This book is about a young boy named Jesse Sherman who grew up at the time of the Civil War While out hunting turtles for his uncle he meats a runaway slave women Lydia the slave women is pregnant but she died B...

  10. says:

    I put off reading this even though it s been by my bed for weeks because MDH s books usually leave me shaking I didn t need to worry this time This is straight up Historical Fiction, set in Maryland at the outbreak of the Civil War What made it interesting to me was that our main characte...

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