Synopses & Reviews
Eliza Scott isnt quite a slave, but shes not free either. Shes not a prisoner, but her family lives in a jail. Eliza, who attends a secret floating school on the Mississippi River because its illegal for her to read, says she understands how dangerous her situation isbut her parents know shes not afraid enough. When a devastating cholera epidemic strikes the city, Eliza discovers she will have to be clever and resourceful to escape a slave catcher and the worst fire in St. Louis history. Will Eliza be willing to pay the price of freedom? Freedoms Price is the second book in the Hidden Histories series, which examines little known moments in American history. Based on actual events and people, the book is extensively researched and includes an authors note and bibliography.
"History comes alive in this imagining of the life of Eliza Scott, one of the daughters of Dred Scott, the slave at the center of a landmark case in American history.... Not much is known about the real-life Eliza, but these authors depict her as brave, headstrong, and intelligent.... this book is a compelling and exciting narrative as well as a window into a possible history.... A great choice to support school curriculum." School Library Journal
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended BooksPaterson Prize for Books for Young PeopleGrateful American Prize - Honorable MentionMissouri State Teachers Association Recommended Books
Dred Scott's daughter learns what it means to pay the price for freedom in this compelling middle-grade historical fiction novel.
Eleven year old Eliza Scott has a lot to live for. Eliza and her family will soon be free. She is learning to read and write at a secret school. And she has a new friend she can share her dreams with. But when Eliza is confronted by vicious slave catchers, the spread of cholera, and a devastating fire, she is forced to come to terms with what it really takes to be on her own. Will she ever be able to fulfill her childhood dreams?
Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols delve deep into the history of the Dred Scott decision and pre-Civil War America to tell Eliza Scott's riveting coming-of-age story. Freedom's Price is the second in the Hidden Histories series about children and little-known events in American history.
About the Author
Michaela MacColl is the award-winning writer of several historical fiction novels. She is the co-author of Rorys Promise
, the first in the Hidden Histories series published by Calkins Creek. She and her family live in Westport, Connecticut. Visit michaelamaccoll.com
Rosemary Nichols: Rosemary Nicholss first novel was Rorys Promise with Michaela MacColl. She lives in Watervliet, New York. Visit rosemarygailnichols.com.