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   Promises to the Dead, by Mary Downing Hahn  
 
  Novel, first publication in January 2000 , latest edition in January 2002
 
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      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.

     
     
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