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To Be a Slave

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Awards

A 1969 Newbery Honor Book

Synopses & Reviews

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To be a slave. To be owned by another person, as a car, house, or a table is owned. To live as a piece of property that could be sold...

This book is about how it felt. The words of black men and women who had themselves been slaves are here, accompanied by Julius Lester's historical commentary and Tom Feelings's powerful and muted paintings, To Be a Slave has been a touchstone in children's literature for over thirty years.

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"It is rare to find a book that enables children to identify as compellingly with slaves as this one does." Publishers Weekly

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"The dehumanizing aspects of slavery are made abundantly clear, but a testament to the human spirit of those who endured or survived this experience is exalted." Children's Literature

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The words of former slaves are accompanied by Lester's historical commentary and the powerful, muted paintings by Feelings. This Newbery Honor Book has been a touchstone in children's literature for over 30 years. Illustrations.

About the Author

Julius Lester's books have received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor for To Be a Slave and the Coretta Scott King Award for Day of Tears. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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alize, May 18, 2008 (view all comments by alize)
i think the book is a wonderful book to read and to share with others. because it is talking about how it felt to be a slave. i read the book and i felt hurt how they were treating the slaves and thats not right for them to do that back in the day.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141310015
Author:
Lester, Julius
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Illustrator:
Feelings, Tom
Editor:
Feelings, Tom
Author:
Feelings, Tom
Location:
New York
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Social Science - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Sociology
Subject:
History - Other
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Social Studies - General
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Children s-People and Cultures
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
RP-526
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.22x5.52x.47 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 176 pages Puffin Books - English 9780141310015 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It is rare to find a book that enables children to identify as compellingly with slaves as this one does." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "The dehumanizing aspects of slavery are made abundantly clear, but a testament to the human spirit of those who endured or survived this experience is exalted."
"Synopsis" by , The words of former slaves are accompanied by Lester's historical commentary and the powerful, muted paintings by Feelings. This Newbery Honor Book has been a touchstone in children's literature for over 30 years. Illustrations.

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