Journey to Galveston Mr Barrington's Mysterious Trunk by Melodie A. Cuate


Journey to Galveston Mr Barrington's Mysterious Trunk by Melodie A. Cuate

A struggle over a bowl of popcorn begins another time-travelling adventure for Nick, Jackie and Hannah. When Mr. Barrington's trunk magically appears on the Taylors' kitchen table, a family of slaves steps out, followed by a snapping dog. Jackie is mistaken for an escaped slave and kidnapped by a hideous man. Trying to save her, Hannah and Nick are transported back to June 1865 only to discover that even though the Civil War has ended months before, many Texas plantation owners still own slaves.

With the absorbing pace and historic detail that Mr. Barrington's Mysterious Trunk fans have come to expect, Cuate leads her protagonists, and her young readers, to the first Juneteenth.


Hannah, Jackie, and Nick are transported back in time from an America with an African American president to the troubled Civil War era, where all three experience first-hand the cruelty of slavery and the promises of freedom when General Gordon Granger came ashore in Galveston in 1865. This momentous arrival spawned a new era in race relations in Texas and the celebrated African American holiday of Juneteentha day of jubilee, jubilation, and Joshua-like pride and dignity. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey, Jr., director, African American Studies, University of Texas at El Paso

About the Author

Fourth-grade teacher Melodie A. Cuate draws from extensive research, travel and classroom experience for each new episode in Mr. Barrington's Mysterious Trunk. In addition to writing, she conducts teacher workshops with curriculum developed specifically for the series, as well as school visits. She lives with her husband, Tony, in McAllen, Texas.

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192 pages


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Publication date

30th May 2014



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