A. Beating animals is wrong, so why is it okay for pa to beat humans? Seeing the marks he left on Jenkins made me want to hurl. I knew in my heart I had to help Jenkins no matter what.
Q. How did you know to ask Mr. Stump for help?
A. I overheard grownups talking outside of church one morning about how wrong slavery was and how Mr. Stump was determined to help.
Q. Interesting. No one saw you lurking around?
A. Oh no. It is always my job to gather up the church missalettes from the adults after services. So it gives me the perfect chance to hear lots of interesting stuff.
Q. What type of interesting stuff?
A. I can’t really say. I do not want to ruin other chances to help more slaves. I better get going before Pa wonders where I have been. Bye.
Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications, and her first book, The Golden Pathway, will be published through Guardian Angel Publishing. Ms. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Musing Our Children, and The National Writing for Children Center. Learn more about Donna at www.donnamcdine.com if you sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, and http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com and http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com.