Molly Bannaky by Chris K. Soentpiet

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On a cold gray morning in 1683, Molly Walsh sat on a stool tugging at the udder of an obstinate cow. When she spilled the milk, she was brought before the court for stealing. Because she could read, Molly escaped the typicalpunishment of death on the gallows. At the age of seventeen, the English dairymaid was exiled from her country and sentenced to work as an indentured servant in British Colonial America. Molly worked for a planter in Maryland for seven long years. Then she was given an ox hitched to a cart, some supplies-and her freedom. That a lone woman should stake land was unheard of. That she would marry an African slave was even more so. Yet Molly prospered, and with her husband Bannaky, she turned a one-room cabin in the wilderness into a thriving one hundred-acre farm. And one day she had the pleasure of writing her new grandson's name in her cherished Bible: Benjamin Banneker.

About Chris K. Soentpiet

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Alice McGill is an award-winning author and professional storyteller. Among her books is the ALA Notable Molly Bannaky, winner of the 2000 IRA Picture Book Award and the 2000 Jane Addams Award. Alice McGill has toured to collect and tell stories in thirty-nine states, Canada, the West Indies, and South Africa. She lives with her husband in Columbia, Maryland.
Published September 27, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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McGill effectively portrays Molly's determination when her servitude ends and she stakes her legal claim to farmland: ""That a lone woman should stake land was unheard of, but Molly's new neighbors saw the way she jutted out her chin."" However, the narrative glosses over the evolution of Molly's...

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