The Journey by Sarah Stewart

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A new heroine to win readers' hearts, joining the ranks of Lydia Grace Finch and Elizabeth Brown


Dear Diary

The luckiest girl on this good earth is writing to you tonight -- my birthday -- made perfect a few minutes ago by the present of a lace handkerchief. Mother had even hidden a tiny cake in her suitcase! I've never been higher than Aunt Clara's porch, or farther than Yooder's General Store, but this week my dream is coming true. I'm finally in a big city! And more, I've escaped the farm and chores! After spending the morning quietly in our room, Mother, her friend Maggie, and I went to the top of one of the tallest buildings in the world. How can I ever thank Aunt Clara for giving me her place on this trip? Well, I'm sure to find a gift for her by the end of the week. But for now, perhaps I'll dream of Aunt Clara and home.

Until tomorrow,
my silent friend,
good night.

Beginning in the dark hours of morning, an Amish girl, along with two adult companions, sets off for the big city for the first time. The reader receives nightly reports through young Hannah's diary, in which, with tireless awe, she relates the significant events of the day. Each experience is decidedly new to Hannah -- a trip to the top of a skyscraper, a visit to the aquarium -- yet in each she finds some universal element that reminds her of home. Though she loves the city, a trip to the art museum on the final day of her visit clinches Hannah's longing for family and familiarity; fortunately, the bus is ready to take her back to the place she loves most.

Sarah Stewart's text has the authentic ring of a smart girl's private thoughts, and David Small's pictures are magnificent.

About Sarah Stewart

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Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small have worked together on several picture books, including The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor book available from Square Fish. Small has also illustrated other books, including the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President?, by Judith St. George. Stewart and Small live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Michigan.
Published January 30, 2007 by Live Oak Media. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young Hannah is visiting Chicago with her mother and her mother's friend, leaving their Amish farm for a week in the city.

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Publishers Weekly

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One of the most celebrated choreographers of the 20th century, Alvin Ailey not only created iconic dances like Blues Suite and Revelations, he also nurtured a generation of African American dancers and choreographers and set up a school to train future ones.

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Publishers Weekly

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Another strong visual segue concludes this exceptional title and brings home its themes: On her final day in the city, Hannah gazes at one of Monet's paintings of haystacks in a museum and admits in her journal ""how much I've missed [Aunt Clara] and my pony and Dad and Grandma and Grandpa and my...

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Farrah Fawcett, the beloved actress and icon perhaps best known for her work on Charlie’s Angels, succumbed to cancer in June.

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The Globe and Mail

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That's what the Writers' Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize means to one contender among the best of Canada's latest writers featured in The Journey Prize Stories 21.

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As Stewart Burns now demonstrates in To the Mountaintop: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Sacred Mission to Save America, King experienced profound spiritual growth during the dozen years he was at the forefront of the crusade for equal rights.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Alison Stewart boards the luxurious Pride of Africa for an epic train journey from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town.

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A young Amish girl named Hannah takes her very first trip to the big city.

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