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Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. -- Margaret Mead
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    Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown Sally M. Walker, Author Sean Qualls, Illustrator Harper, Jan. 3, 2012, Fiction Suitable for:  Ages 4 and Up Themes: African-American History, Slavery, the Underground Railroad Opening/Synopsis:  “When Henry Brown came into this world, his family sang.  Mama blew kisses on his soft, brown belly.  Papa named him Henry, […]

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    The Escape of Oney Judge Emily Arnold McCully, Author and Illustrator Farrar Straus Giroux, Historical Fiction, 2007 Suitable for: Ages 6 and Up Themes/Topics:  Slavery, African-American, Freedom Opening/Synopsis: “Oney!  Come here, child.”  It was Mrs. Washington!  Oney ran to her and curtsied, as the house slaves did.  Had the mistress caught her doing something wrong?  […]

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    Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride Andrea Davis Pinkney, Author Brian Pinkney, Illustrator Disney Jump at the Sun Books, 2009, Historical Fiction Suitable for:  Ages 5 and up Themes:  Slave, Abolitionist, Feminist Opening/Synopsis:  “She was big.  She was black.  She was so beautiful.  Her name was Sojourner.  Truth be told, she was meant for great things.   Meant […]

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  • 03/12/12--02:00: Copper Sun
  • Copper Sun Sharon M. Draper, Author Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008, Fiction Suitable for :  Ages 14 and up Themes: African-American History, Slavery, Indentured Servants, Escape, Freedom Awards:  2007 Coretta Scott King Literary Award Synopsis:  “When pale strangers enter 15-year-old Amari’s Village, her entire tribe welcomes them, for in her remote part of Africa, […]

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    The Candle Star Michelle Isenhoff, Author Historical Fiction, 2011 Suitable for:  Middle Grade Book 1 of the Divided Decade Trilogy Emily Preston is a spirited 12-year-old southern belle living on a plantation in Charleston, S.C.   She is outspoken, sarcastic, mean and self-absorbed.  Her parents are disturbed by her behavior and send her to Detroit to live with her uncle, Isaac […]

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  • 01/18/13--02:00: I Have a Dream
  • I Have A Dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kadir Nelson, illustrator Schwartz & Wade Books, Oct. 2012 Suitable for Ages: 5-10 Themes:  Dr. Martin Luther King, African-Americans, Civil Rights, Freedom, Diversity Opening/Synopsis:  “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.  […]

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  • 02/01/13--02:00: January’s Sparrow
  • January’s Sparrow Patricia Polacco, Author and Illustrator Philomel Books, Fiction, 2009 Suitable for Ages: 8-12 Themes:  African-American, Slavery, Fugitives, Underground Railroad, Freedom Opening/Synopsis:  “Sadie, the youngest Crosswhite, shuddered when she saw the paddy rollers thunder into the slave yard on their horses, draggin’ a runaway on the end of a rope behind them.  All the slaves […]

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  • 02/11/13--02:00: Morning Star
  • Morning Star Judith Paxton, Author Second Story Press, Fiction, September 2011 Suitable for Ages:  Grades 4-6 Themes: Slavery, Underground Railroad, Racism, African-American Opening/Synopsis:  “Flower Felt fingers press down on her mouth, gentle but firm.  She struggled awake to see her mother lift them away, touch one against her own lips, eyes wide with silent warning.“   […]

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  • 11/10/14--04:00: Rachel’s Hope
  • Rachel’s Hope (The Rachel Trilogy) Shelly Sanders, Author Second Story Press, Historical Fiction, September 1, 2014 Suitable for Ages: 12 and up Themes: Russian Jews, Persecution, Separation, Immigration. Family, Love, Hope Synopsis: Rachel Paskar flees the antisemitic violence and persecution against Jews in her Russian village and makes the long journey by train across Siberia with her family to a...Continue reading

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    Laurie Halse Anderson’s Seeds of America Trilogy is one of my favorite historical fiction trilogies for tweens, teens and adults. Today, I am reviewing the final book in the trilogy, Ashes, but will include brief synopsis of the first two books, Chains and Forge, because it gives the reader a perspective of the revolutionary war that is relatively unknown...Continue reading

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           World Refugee Day, June 20, 2017 The Only Road Alexandra Diaz, Author Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Book, Fiction, Oct. 4, 2016 Suitable for Ages: 8-12 Themes: Child Refugees, Immigration, Guatemala, Courage, Hope, Freedom, Multicultural Awards: Pura Belpre Honor Book and ALA Notable Book Book Synopsis: Jaime is sitting on his bed drawing when he hears a scream....Continue reading

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    Riders of the Realm #1: Across the Dark Water Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, Author Harper Collins Publisher, Fiction, May 1, 2018 Suitable for Ages: 8-12 Pages: 417 Themes: Pegasi, Jungles, Giants, Survival, Trust, Loyalty, Freedom Synopsis: Deep in the jungles of the Realm, the Sandwen clan live among deadly spit dragons and hordes of warring giants. But...Continue reading

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    Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground T.R. Simon, Author Candlewick Press , Fiction, Sep. 11, 2018 Suitable for Ages: 10-14 Themes: Zora Neale Hurston, Jim Crow south, Slavery, African-Americans, Community, Friendship Synopsis: A powerful fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood adventures explores the idea of collective memory and the lingering effects of slavery and...Continue reading

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