Hope's Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons

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A poignant story celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation


It’s 1862 and the Civil War has turned out to be a long, deadly conflict. Hope’s father can’t stand the waiting a minute longer and decides to join the Union army to fight for freedom. He slips away one tearful night, leaving Hope, who knows she may never see her father again, with only a conch shell for comfort. Its sound, Papa says, echoes the promised song of freedom. It’s a long wait for freedom and on the nights when the cannons roar, Papa seems farther away than ever. But then Lincoln finally does it: on January 1, 1863, he issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and a joyful Hope finally spies the outline of a familiar man standing on the horizon.


Affectingly written and gorgeously illustrated, Hope’s Gift captures a significant moment in American history with deep emotion and a lot of charm.

About Kelly Starling Lyons

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Kelly Starling Lyons lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.Don Tate lives in Austin, Texas.
Published February 18, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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he tells her that the sound she hears is “the sound of freedom.” Through the following months, as news of the war filters through the cotton fields and the slave quarters, Hope finds strength and courage listening to her shell.

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