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Encounter at Easton

Encounter at Easton

Pan­theon, 1980

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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?

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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)

Don’t miss the first book!
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