Simon & Schuster, 2010

Ayanna Bahati lives in a small African village when she is brutally kidnapped, along with her brother, and forced onto a slave ship to America. As Ayanna, renamed Anna, rises from the cotton fields to the master’s house, she finds the familial love she’s been yearning for in elderly Mary and Mary’s son Daniel—but she is also faced with more threats to her survival. Risking everything to escape the plantation, Anna manages to make it north and to freedom, eventually settling in the free black community of Hudson, Ohio, and educating herself to become a teacher.

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Noni provides inspirational workshops (Noni's 5 E's of Excellence) in association with the book.

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Dec 11, 2009



Noni Carter was only a child when she first conceived of this story of a young girl’s journey from freedom to slavery and back to ultimate freedom—but her debut novel is written with wisdom and heart far beyond her years. Well researched and delightfully well-written, GOOD FORTUNE is an empowering testament to history that will move readers both young and old.”
— Tananarive Due American Book Award-winning author of THE BLACK ROSE and JOPLIN'S GHOST
Noni Carter is an old wise soul in the body of a beautiful young woman. She has listened to her elders and the ancestors and brought us a story from the past that gives hope to our present and future.
— Bertice Berry Author of REDEMPTION SONG and The TIES THAT BIND
Noni Carter is an important new voice in black literature. Get on board now because we’ll be hearing from her for a long, long time.
— Reginald Hudlin Producer/Director of HOUSE PARTY, BOOMERANG, Author of THE BLACK PANTHER series for Marvel Comics