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Letter Writer, The


Author: Rinaldi  Ann
Publisher: Harcourt
Subject/Category: 5-12
Year Reviewed:: 2009
ISBN: 9780152064020
Review: Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead lives on a Virginia plantation in 1831. Treated as a poor relation after her father's death, Harriet is assigned to write letters for her blind stepmother. When Nat Turner comes to the plantation to build furniture for her stepmother, Harriet strikes up a friendship and supplies him with a map of area plantations. Thus, Harriet unwittingly helps Nat and his followers kill dozens of innocent people, including all of Harriet's family. This is a graphic account of this turbulent, bloody time in American history.

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