Slave Diary Teaches Young Girl Courage in New Teen Novel

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Even people whose lives seem perfect can experience unexpected tribulation. At such times, turning to someone for support can make all the difference, even if that support comes from the written words of a distant ancestor.

One wouldn't suspect a modern-day teenager would have much in common with a nineteenth century slave, but sometimes life's circumstances can create bonds between the least likely of people as Maddie Bergamo finds out in C. E. Edmonson's new novel "Golden's Rule" (ISBN 9781414113784, Pleasant Word, 2009).

Fourteen-year-old Maddie is the Montclair Flash--the fastest girl in town and star of her middle-school's basketball team. She seems to have it all--brains, mad moves on the basketball court, a major crush, true friends, understanding parents and dreams as broad as the sky is wide.

But one day a disease topples her dreams, and Maddie finds herself caught in a fight for her life. In this darkest hour, Maddie receives inspiration from the most unlikely of sources: the diary of her great-great-great-grandmother's extraordinary life as a slave girl.

As Maddie reads the incredible story of her ancestor's courage, she becomes resolved not to give up in the face of her own obstacles. The two young girls, though generations apart, parallel each other with their dire circumstances, providing a double-dose of inspiration to readers of "Golden's Rule" and an understanding that there is always hope.

This young adult novel is already receiving rave reviews. Publishers Weekly says the novel "features scenes of real emotional power." Young adult reviewer Brenna Bales of Reader Views says, "Anyone who is 12 to 16 would find 'Golden's Rule' impossible to put down. A lot of teenagers would find Maddie's thoughts to be just like their own…I will always remember it as one of my favorites." While the novel's historical details grab the reader, and the diary's realistic dialect is impressive, the story's inspiration is--priceless.

About the Author
Award-winning writer C. E. "Chuck" Edmonson grew up deep in the heart of Texas where he developed a respect for the past and a passion for the people that inspires many of his novels.

"Golden's Rule" (ISBN 9781414113784, Pleasant Word, 2009) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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