It is November 1864 and Atlanta has just fallen. Sayre Howard, age 14, and the freed slave, Freeman, are anxiously awaiting the appearance of Sherman’s army. Her father has been away for two years fighting with Lee’s army, and her mother has recently died. Her farm near Griswoldville, Georgia is small. She and Freeman have hidden their cow, a pig and chickens in the hills behind the house along with her beloved Saddlebred, Southern Warrior. He is safe until Joe, the most notorious Bummer in the army, discovers his hiding place and steals him. Saddlebreds were prized mounts in the Civil War. Many officers rode them because they had great endurance, were beautiful and intelligent. Unaware of the dangers that await her, Sayre, now disguised as a boy, sets out to find her horse, and Freeman, realizing the danger, decides to go with her to protect her. They are both now caught in a life and death struggle in Sherman’s March Through Georgia and the ultimate victory for the North.
Pip is the story of a young boy, Jamie, and his dog, Pip, living in Tennessee during the relocation of the Cherokees from Georgia to Oklahoma in the infamous "Trail of Tears." Pip shows how a child views an event that is horrible, and inside knows that it is horrible, but outside hears adults speak of it as a non-event. Jamie learns he can make a difference in the world, but the lesson is a hard one. It is a story about his coming of age.The market for Pip is extensive because of its many layers of content: Native American history, growing up, family relationships, understanding animals, making friends, respect for the environment, the reality and results of violence, the strength of keeping promises made. The idea that we must begin to accept and acknowledge people who are different than we are is a must for childen living in today's global community. The book has sales potential for both schools and public libraries as well as English and history teachers and children and their parents.