The Heart Calls Home (Obi and Easter Trilogy)

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The Civil War has ended, and Obi, a former slave and member of the Union Army, searches the South for Easter, the woman he loves, and Jason, the boy who lived with them on the Jennings farm.

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Joyce Hansen is a distinguished author of many books for children, both fiction and nonfiction, who specializes in African American History. Four of her books have received Coretta Scott King Honors, including Which Way Freedom, the first book in the Obi and Easter trilogy.

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Grade 6-10-This final book of the trilogy, begun in Which Way Freedom (1987) and continued in Out from This Place (1988, both Walker), starts in the spring of 1866 in South Carolina. Obi has served in a black Union regiment and has been searching for his fellow former slaves, Easter and Jason, since the end of the war. He finally finds Easter's friends on the island of Santa Elena and learns that she has gone north to be educated as a teacher while the "scampish" Jason is performing in a traveling medicine show. Obi and Easter reconnect via letters; he begs her to return to marry him, and she counsels patience and reminds him of their people's need for teachers. Meanwhile, there is much drama and danger in this Reconstruction era. Property and lives are threatened by forces of nature, a rising black politician is assassinated, and Obi, trying to establish himself as a master carpenter, finds more work building coffins than homes. Dialect and description re-create time and place. However, unlike Out from This Place, in which a white teacher befriends Easter, this book presents a rather negative view of whites. Still, development of the main characters is good, clearly demonstrating the triumphant strength of a people united in love and caring.
Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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