Set prior to the Civil War, these tales reveal the mysteries, legends, and dangers of plantation life in the Deep South. The stories center on the friendship of two twelve-year-old boys and were inspired by the actual events at South Carolina’s grand Hampton Plantation.
A daring, mischievous boy, Cart is the son of the plantation owner and is anxious to become a man. His best friend, Will, is the son of slaves and lives in the caretaker’s house on the plantation with his family.
Together with their puppy and pet deer, the boys set out to explore the plantation. Among their adventures, Cart and Will boldly protect a rice crop from hurricane damage, eagerly learn the mysterious powers of a beetle bracelet, and narrowly escape an alligator’s jaws when their boat tips over. In this world of suspense and delight, the boys strengthen their friendship and acquire an understanding of plantation life.
About the Author
Nancy Rhyne has researched the history and folklore of the Carolina region for the past twenty-five years. She is a master storyteller, historian, and also the author of The Jack-O’-Lantern Ghost and The South Carolina Lizard Man, both published by Pelican.
About the Illustrator
The text is enhanced by the dramatic illustrations of award-winning graphic designer Joan Holub, who also illustrated Pelican’s The Over-the-Hill Ghost, and The Over-the-Hill Witch.
ONCE UPON A TIME ON A PLANTATION
By Nancy Rhyne
Illustrated by Joan Holub
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
160 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
10 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780882897028 HC