Enter The 19th Century World Of Sarah And Her Friends
Excerpt From Chapter One
It all seemed to have happened in one of those slow-motion moments. Actually, the horse heard it first-the rattle sound. The sound that leaves goose bumps on a big man’s neck. By the time the girl caught eye of it, Blackie had instinctively shied to the right.
“Snake!” Rachel pointed at the coiled serpent, its mouth gaping, fangs laid bare.
Blackie bolted. The sudden jerk slammed Rachel against the seat, wrenching the reins from her hands. Immediately she reached for twelve-year-old Sarah. Careening wildly along the narrow lane they furiously clutched at the buggy seat.
“Blackie!” Rachel screamed. “Whoa! Whoa, Blackie!”
The frightened horse raced on at full gallop while the reins dragged the ground. Mother and daughter tightened their grip and waited for Blackie to run himself out.
“Blackie!” Sarah screamed. “Stop, Blackie! Oh, please! Stop! Mama, I’m scared!”
Rachel shrieked louder, “Whoa!”
The lane curved sharply right, but the frantic horse dashed straight on. Ten feet into a meadow the buggy struck the outcroppings of a stump and shot Rachel down the seat smashing into Sarah. Flipping onto its side the buggy slammed the ground, digging in. Dirt and grass flew in all directions. Breaking loose from the splintered buggy, Blackie made a blue streak through the wild flowers and disappeared into the woods.
The dust settled-silence.
Wit and Wisdom of Granny Evans
From The Glossary
The Sarah books have glossaries in the front of each. Here are some sample entries:
High-falutin’- a person stuck on himself or herself, stuck up.
Light a shuck - leave in a great hurry.
Little end of the horn - getting or having less than expected.
Moses - Refers to Harriett Tubman. A slave, she escaped from
Mudsills - uneducated, lower class, common people.
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