Running Out of Night

Running Out of Night

Sharon Lovejoy / Feb 21, 2020

Running Out of Night Fans of Elijah of Buxton Trouble Don t Last and Stealing Freedom will be drawn to this tale of the incredible journey of an abused twelve year old white girl and an escaped slave girl who run away t

  • Title: Running Out of Night
  • Author: Sharon Lovejoy
  • ISBN: 9780375991479
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fans of Elijah of Buxton, Trouble Don t Last, and Stealing Freedom will be drawn to this tale of the incredible journey of an abused twelve year old white girl and an escaped slave girl who run away together and form a bond of friendship while seeking freedom.Every day is a misery for a nameless, motherless Southern girl who is treated cruelly by her pa and brothers Her lFans of Elijah of Buxton, Trouble Don t Last, and Stealing Freedom will be drawn to this tale of the incredible journey of an abused twelve year old white girl and an escaped slave girl who run away together and form a bond of friendship while seeking freedom.Every day is a misery for a nameless, motherless Southern girl who is treated cruelly by her pa and brothers Her life changes forever when a runaway slave named Zenobia turns to her for help and shelter Longing for her own freedom, the girl decides to run away, and she and Zenobia set off on a harrowing journey Along the way, Zenobia names the girl Lark, after the bird, for her ability to mimic its song.Running by night, hiding by day, the girls are pursued by Lark s pa and brothers and by ruthless slave catchers Brightwell, another runaway slave, joins them, and the three follow secret signs to a stop on the Underground Railroad When the hideout is raided and Zenobia and Brightwell are captured, Lark sets out alone to rescue her friends.

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      • Sharon Lovejoy

        For the first seven years of her life, Sharon Lovejoy was introduced to the wonders of nature by her Quaker Grandmother Lovejoy, a botanist and an educator As an adult, Sharon s passion for the natural world guided her to become a naturalist, a watercolor illustrator, and an award winning garden and nature writer.As a graduate with Distinction in the Field of Art from San Diego State University, Sharon successfully combined her training in art with her love of botany and natural science She worked as a docent naturalist for the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History and for the Smithsonian Institution in the lagoons of Baja, California In 1982, she founded Heart s Ease Herb Shop Gardens in Cambria, California, where she shared her love and knowledge of nature with visitors for the next 15 years.As a recognized gardening expert, Sharon has lectured throughout the United States for over twenty years at conferences, educational symposia, museums, botanic gardens, arboreta, public and private educational institutions, and for professional trade associations and gardening organizations.In 1995, Sharon served as President of the International Herb Association Her other professional affiliations include Garden Writers Association, The Authors Guild, Inc Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators.


    1. She's never had a name, and she's never known a friend. She takes care of her father's house and is treated brutally. Everything changes when Zenobia, a runaway slave, stumbles into her home. Zenobia names the girl Lark, and the two set out together, determined to find their freedom.Such an interesting story. Very different from other middle grade of YA stories I've read about slaves running during the 1800s. First there is the aspect that Lark is white, but no less a slave than Zenobia is. She [...]

    2. Okay, but didn't knock my socks off. I already have a lot of books set during this historical period that no one ever reads, so will pass. And Picked it up again in January 2016. Got halfway through before the Quaker use of "thee" as nominative made me remember I'd read it already. Sigh. And yes, Quakers apparently used the oblique "thee" as a subject instead of "thou".

    3. I liked it but somehow walking away I feel like it was missing something. It was a decent story and I do like the language the author used. The Southern aspect could be hear just through the writing alone and the author also described things in a way that was unique. One line mentioned that someone felt "as heavy as the stones Pa used to drown the spring kittens." I was just dumbfounded by this description. It gives depth to the meaning of "heavy" and how the character was really feeling about t [...]

    4. This book is the author's debut novel, and it was very well written. I loved the story of two girls from very different situations and how they join together to free each other from the slavery they are experiencing. The book jacket describes the story by saying, "Readers will readily connect with Lark and Zenobia in this suspense-filled journey that explores why being a slave is about more than the color of a person's skin." Parts of the story were hard to hear because it's hard to remember tha [...]

    5. "Mama gave her last breath just as I took my first."That simple sentence both opens Sharon Lovejoy's YA novel and defines the life of its main character, twelve-year-old, unnamed "Girl."Although Pa and my big brothers never said they blamed me for her death, I always felt it achin inside me, like the rotten tooth our blacksmith plied out of my mouth. Why else would a pa and his boys let a little girl come into the world and live for twelve years without givin her a name?My brothers and Pa always [...]

    6. A twelve-year-old white girl with no name--her family simply calls her Girl--befriends a runaway slave named Zenobia who names her Lark. Both girls set off in search of freedom since it's clear from her abusive treatment at the hands of her father and brothers that Lark, too, is enslaved in her own way. The girls must travel at night and hide and sleep by day since not only are Lark's family members in pursuit of her, but they and other slave catchers want to find Zenobia and collect the reward [...]

    7. After a slow start (if only to get used to the 1860's Virginian country dialect it which the story is written), I became utterly absorbed in this story of escape, of abuse, of the horrors inflicted on slaves, as well as the hope of reaching the Promised Land through the Underground Railroad. There are some raw scenes that will sear themselves into the minds of young readers: hand it to those who have some background knowledge and prepare to hand them some tissues.

    8. Lark and Zenobia are two runaways trying to hold on to hope and find freedom. For Lark it's freedom from an abusive father, for Zenobia it's freedom from slavery. They become each other's family, a family that grows larger as they cross paths with other slaves on the run, and with Quaker friends who will help them in their escape.3.5 for my own personal reaction to the story (I can't say I was ever engrossed), but rounded up to 4 stars because this book does quite a few things very well. The sto [...]

    9. This no name girl goes on an adventure running away from wasn't really a home in the first place.The pore nameless girl is treated badly by her own family. Her dad never named her because when she was born her mom died and he decided that he didn't like her so much to not even name the girl. Now she is treated like a slave in her own house. When she meets a run away slave named Zenobia and helps her they become friends and run away for a better life.

    10. Lark is a formerly nameless girl whose father and brothers use her basically as a house slave. When she meets up with runaway slave, Zenobia, she gains a friend, a name and a chance at a life of freedom. Very action-packed and heart wrenching - it seems as though there are too many set backs and narrow escapes, but I cannot imagine the hardship slaves endured to gain freedom! The folklore and superstitions at the beginning of each chapter are fascinating additions to the story.

    11. Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Middle GradesEstimate of age level of interest: Grades 5-10Estimate of reading level: Grade 5Brief description: This is the story of a young white girl who is abused by her father and brothers. Then, a runaway slave girl shows up on her doorstep and everything changes. The two girls decide they are going to runaway together, trying to find a place where they can be free.Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and dis [...]

    12. Running Out of Night is a twist on the typical slave's-race-to-freedom story. The book is narrated from the first person point of view of a white girl from an abusive home which never even bothered to give her a name after her mother died in childbirth. Girl is twelve years old and, essentially, a slave and punching bag to her white trash father and two older brothers. When Zenobia stumbles across Girl's family cabin on her escape, Girl ends up going with the black runaway. While their relations [...]

    13. Reviewed by Ms. Leger of Leger's Ledger. Full review can be found HERE atI'd So Rather Be Reading. I enjoyed reading Running out of Night. Lovejoy did a remarkable job researching this era in history and it is a fantastic first novel. I was impressed with the use of dialect during the set time period of 1858. The dialect was used in a way that was true to the south but not so broken that a student would not be able to understand it. There was little to no confusion as to what they meant in the s [...]

    14. Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy follows Lark and Zenobia on their escape to freedom: Lark from an abusive family and Zenobia from slavery. An unusual aspect of the escape saga is that they never make it out of Virginia. Despite their traveling and hardships, they cover what seemed no more than a few miles from Lark's home. Their goal is to get connected to the Underground Railroad, but even with Zenobia's knowledge, the railroad isn't easy to find. When they finally find a safe house run [...]

    15. Estimate of age level of interest: 4-8 Estimate of reading level: F&P level V, grade level 6Girl lives with her father and brothers, who treat her badly and never bothered to give her a name when her mother died as she was born. When Zenobia, an escaped slave, shows up at her door, things quickly change for Girl. The two girls run away together, heading north, and the story follows their adventures. It is told in first person (in a somewhat distracting dialect) by Girl, who is renamed Lark b [...]

    16. The year is 1858 and as Girl was born, her mother left the world. She lived with her Pa and her brothers who choose to treat her harshly and relentless and when a Negra girl shows up in her yard, she realized that although she thought their two worlds were different, they were rather the same. With a bounty on her head, Zenobia is taken in by the compassionate Girl, who knows the consequences of her actions should her family find out. Speaking to her mother whose spirit she feels occupies the ro [...]

    17. Beaten, starved, downtrodden and unnamed 12 year old "Girl" is given the name "Lark" finally by Zenobia, the runaway black slave girl who joins Lark in her attempt to flee her abusive Pa. The tale of budding friendship pushing beyond the boundaries of race could still make this a worthwhile read; as well as the open-ended finish which lacks in satisfying conclusion but could bring on some interesting discussions on "what do YOU think happened next?"**Spoilers**This wasn't great. The voice of the [...]

    18. Having lived for 12 years without a name after her mother died in childbirth, “Girl” has never experienced anything but hatred and disdain from her father and brothers. When runaway slave Zenobia shows up, “Girl” hides her in their cellar, and realizes that if Zenobia can get away, she can, too. On the run from her family as well as from a variety of slave catchers, “Girl” is re-named “Lark” by Zenobia and the two experience all sorts of trials and tribulations as they attempt to [...]

    19. In Running Out of Night, Lovejoy weaves an exciting and historically accurate story with good messages about friendship, family, and acceptance. The book, scheduled to be released in November, will be a perfect read for those from 4th to 6th grade who enjoy historical fiction and strong female leads (although this book isn't just for girls!). The book is a great choice for any teachers wanting to show their students more about the history of the underground railroad, slavery, and life in the 185 [...]

    20. Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy follows Lark and Zenobia as they attempt to escape together, Lark from an abusive father and brothers and Zenobia from slavery. I have a mixed review of this book. I liked the perspective of a white girl at the time who probably judged and thought she had nothing in common with a slave girl together, so that they could find some common ground. I liked the mentions of Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad. I liked that reading this book might teach kid [...]

    21. Set in Virginia during the 1850s, this young adult novel tracks Lark, an abused white girl, and Zenobia, a runaway slave girl, as the two flee from their oppressive situations. Lovejoy, whose previous books are nonfiction, has plunged into fiction with gusto and skill. The characterization of both girls is top notch, the pacing and tension of the story are wonderuflly handled---all in all an excellent read. I liked how the historical context is just that, a context within which the story unfolds [...]

    22. Virgina, 1858, two girls Lark and Zenobia are in trouble. Lark is running from her abusive father and brothers, and Zenobia is a slave running for her freedom. Together they set out on a terrifying journey with scent hounds and slave catchers nipping at their heels. They're scared, and much too young to face the harsh wooded lands and inhospitable people on their own. It's not good, and bad situations keep coming their way. Luck finally comes through inside a small cabin run by a kind, brave wom [...]

    23. Lark wanted to be in free soil, to not be mistreated, but to have a home and a family. But, when she finds a house where she is welcome and is about to leave to the north where it is safe, Zenobia and Brightwell, two dark-skinned persons who get treated really badly, get taken away. So, Lark goes to find them. She took risks by going to find them instead of going to the north so she can be safe, she changed her identity, and spent days with Zenobia, Brightwell and Auntie and a horrible man so he [...]

    24. I loved this book for a lot of reasons. Right from the start, this book caught my attention. The author, Sharon Lovejoy, had a very intriguing plot. Not only did the suspense keep me reading this book, but this novel is clearly also about friendship and loyalty. Lark, Zenobia, and Brightwell go on an incredible adventure. Sharon Lovejoy really captured the feeling of a story that is very hard to tell. The novel Running Out of Night takes place in a time where people were judged by the color of t [...]

    25. An okay historical novel, but honestly, there are better ones about this time period and on this subject, and if I'm going to read about an escaped slave, I'd rather read about it from the slave's point of view. Also, although there were plenty of good white people who helped runaway slaves, there were many more runaway slaves who helped themselves and each other, and those are the stories that I'd rather share with my students. Again, this isn't a bad book, just a tired one. I found myself skip [...]

    26. Hard to read because of the viciousness shown and told about - almost certainly historically accurate, about the cruelty of slavery and the slave traders - but the whippings, beatings, dead bodies, buzzards, and thriller chase scenes were a little overwhelming. Definitely older kids. Also the dialect - although appropriate for the way these characters would have talked at the time - took me a while to assimilate and be able to read through. But certainly a deeply heartfelt novel about an importa [...]

    27. winter break #bookaday 15. Lots of action for a historical fiction, with small cliffhangers at almost each chapter and folk sayings at the head of each chapter. Once young readers get used to the dialect, used throughout the book, not just for dialogue, the book is an interesting read, with only a few lulls in the action. The author doesn't gloss over the cruelties suffered by the runaway slaves, the violence towards the end is a bit jarring and seems out of place with the first half of the book [...]

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