Encounter at Easton
What’s this book about?
In the spring of 1768, the doomed flight of two young indentured servants from their unkind master brings together an unlikely assortment of people in a Pennsylvania town.
Story Behind the Story
At the end of my book, Night Journeys, the two runaway indentured servants, Elizabeth Mawes and Robert Linnly, manage to escape, and flee north. True, Elizabeth was wounded, but she was free, and the protagonist of the book, young Peter York, comes to an understanding with his master, the pious Quaker Mr. Shinn.
But then something happened in my head once the book had been completed: I began to worry about the fate of those two young people. Were they truly free? Did Elizabeth survive her wound? Where did they go?
Awards and Recognition
- Christopher Award, 1980
- Starred Review, School Library Journal, 1980
“As usual the characters and action in Avi’s gripping story make it impossible to put the book down until the end.”” (Bookshare)