Synopses & Reviews
Rod Brown and Julius Lester bring history to life in this profoundly moving exploration of the slave experience. From the Middle Passage to the auction block, from the whipping post to the fight for freedom, this book presents not just historical facts, but the raw emotions of the people who lived them. Inspired by Rod Brown's vivid paintings, Julius Lester has written a text that places each of us squarely inside the skin of both slave and slaveowner. It will capture the heart of every reader, black or white, young or old.
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
A Booklist Editors' Choice Book
A powerful exploration of what slavery meant for both slaves and slave owners, this book provides not just knowledge of history, but a true understanding of the evils of slavery on a personal level. Full color.
Rod Brown's powerful paintings and Julius Lester's intensely personal text will draw readers into all aspects of the slave experience -- from auction block to whipping post, from the journey to America to the fight for freedom. This book will move everyone who reads it -- black or white, young or old -- and will provide a deeper understanding of what it meant to be a slave.