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Diary of a fictional young slave girl.
on 31 July 2005
This book was originally published as "A Picture of Freedom," and was part of the Dear America series, fictional diaries of young girls during American history. This book tells the story of a young slave girl who longs for freedom just before the Civil War.
The year is 1859. Clotee has lived all twelve years of her life as a slave on the Belmont Plantation in Virginia. Although she has known no life other than that of a slave, she has secretly learned how to read and write, and that ability gives her a glimpse of the world out there. To practice, she keeps a secret diary that she hides in a hollowed-out tree. An orphan most of her life, Clotee has managed to make the best of her circumstances, and writing is one of the few things that brings her any joy. When a tutor comes to the plantation to teach the master's young son, Clotee figures that he'll just be another prejudiced southerner. But he's an abolitionist that further expands Clotee's horizons, and he may be able to give her the one thing she longs for: freedom.
This was a wonderful book that brought to life the world of a young slave girl in the pre Civil War south. Clotee came alive and seemed like a real person with real hopes and dreams. I highly recommend this book to young readers with an interest in American history.