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Currents

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Currents

Bones Brewster is an 11 year-old slave on a Virginia plantation. When Bones finds her real name in the owner’s slave registry, she tears it out, places it in a bottle and sets it afloat on the James River.

The bottle drifts across the Atlantic to 12 year-old Lady Bess Kent. Even as her conniving stepmother pilfers the estate piece by piece, Bess is able to save her mother’s pearl-encrusted cross. She gives it to her friend Harry, sealed in the bottle with Bones’s real name. The bottle is carried back to America and into the hands of Mary Margaret Casey.

Bones, Bess and Mary Margaret are three young girls from very different worlds whose lives are connected by treasures concealed in a bottle and set adrift on the ocean.

Currents
by Jane Petrlik Smolik