The acclaimed author of The Last Silk Dress and Time Enough For Drums tells the intense, provocative story of a slave, Harriet Hemings, who some believe was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson. "Tantalizing . . . history brought to life by a skillful and imaginative author".--VOYA. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Harriet, despite being his slave, has always lived an oddly comfortable life. She never had to do a lot of work, and is well-educated. This is likely because Jefferson is her father, although her mother refuses to confirm it for her. He offers her the same deal he has offered a number of other young slaves (who look suspiciously like him), her freedom at age 21. But if she chooses to leave, it means she will never again have contact with anyone she knows and that she will have to abandon her heritage.
The plot and characters of this book very well done, but I wish I could say the same about the writing, which is very amateur. The word choice is limited and highly repetitive. The author also overuses special punctuation, mostly "!" and "..." The writing was stilted, and felt overly picked over for ways to make it more "interesting" by the addition of superfluous words, details and punctuation.
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