Running Out of Night

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This girl, who has always been mistreated, had never been given a name. She meets a runaway slave girl named Zenobia, who names her “Lark.” They decide to travel together to get to free soil, where they can live good lives. They meet a boy named Brightwell, who has also run away from some slave traders. Brightwell helps them get to Auntie Theodate, who has been helping slaves escape, and who gives them a place to stay until the slave hunters pass. But one night, Auntie, Zenobia, and Brightwell get taken from Auntie’s house, leaving Lark to try to rescue them.

The ending of this book was really satisfying, and unexpected. It was also fun to keep hearing about different ways to improve your luck; Lark is a very “dependent on luck” girl. The relationships between the characters are well developed and beautiful, especially as they traveled together and decide that even when they can’t stay together, they are still a family. There is a little bit of blood in this book, so it is intense, but not gory–it helps you feel drawn into the story. This would be a good book to read aloud as a family.

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Author Sharon Lovejoy
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 11-Nov-2014
ISBN 9780385744096
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Issue May 2015
Category Tweens


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