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on June 12, 2000
Set in pre-Revolutionary Philadelphia, this is the story of young Peter, orphaned and then adopted - for reasons he does not understand - by a Quaker family. He does not understand their ways - their non-violent approach, the deep reflections on what he thinks are simple, everyday things. When a runaway indentured servant is found by the Quaker farmer, Peter cannot understand why this man is willing to turn her over to those who pursue her and will bring her back to a life that seems
unfair. She escapes, but her 10 year old friend is captured, and Peter must answer his own calling. In the end, he and his adopted father come to understand and appreciate each other. The(adoptive) Quaker father is sorely misunderstood by Peter, but also has to face some of his own short-comings. Peter also has to stop running, and listen more intently to others. Not a truly excellent book, but a nice period piece, good for boys who are dealing with similar emotion in these times, and good for girls, because the young girl is a strong character.
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on March 20, 2002
Peter York is eleven years old and was adopted by the Shinn family. Peter wants to rescue Elizabeth and Robert, two slaves who are children. But Mr. Shinn doesn't want him to. The story took place in Trenton, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the year 1768.
I would recommend this book to a boy who likes adventures because the main character is a boy that goes on a lot of adventures. I didn't like this book because I did not like peters adventures. Maybe someone who likes river adventures would like this book. I would not want to recommend this book to my friends.
The problem in night Journeys is that Peter and the two slaves want to escape with out the Shinn family knowing. Will Mr. Shinn find out or not?
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on February 19, 2000
Have you ever read a truly wonderful book? I mean a book where every tiny detail sticks in your brain? A book that takes you on an adventure or to a world that you've never seen or heard of? Well, if you haven't here's your opportunity. When you read 'Night Journeys' by Avi you feel like your right in the middle of the story along with the main characters Peter, Elizabeth, Robert, and Mr.Shinn. When Peter looses his family to an unexpected illness he is taken in by Mr.Shinn. When they are informed that slaves are loose, Peter and Mr.Shinn go off in search of them. Will Peter save the day? Do you want to find out if they find the slaves or not? What will happen if they do? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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on July 24, 2002
Night Journeys was a book for 12 and UP. It should have 2 stars though because in the beginning it needs to have more information about Peter and his life. On how he has no other family, and how he had to give up his horse for his family. Besides that the book was interesting. It had a lot of conflicts during the story. It also had an ending that wasn't what I predicted before. This book also continues in Encounter at Easton.
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