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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.
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on 18 September 2014
Its 1839 and Clotee a young slave girl dreams of freedom from her bondage, Clotee is different to most of the slaves she can read and write. The life of a slave is hard and she sees many terrible things happening to people she knows around her, one day a young white man arrives at the plantation to tutor the master's son, Clotee finds out he is part of the abolitionist movement. Clotee had heard about abolitionists and what they did to help run away slaves and wanted to be part of this movement, one of the better My Story books, a good read.
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on 2 May 2015
I read the book and then my ten-year-old daughter read it. We don't live in the US so she doesn't study US history and this really helped her to understand this aspect of America. A good account of the institution of slavery, and of the very human stories of its protagonists on several fronts. One leaves this book feeling that nearly - not all, but nearly - everyone was caught up in something beyond their control, especially the victims, obviously. It is fairly nuances for a kids' book. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to teach their kids about "the peculiar institution" but also to anyone who wants to instill some empathy in their kids.
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on 15 March 2012
I purchased this for my mum as she is extremely interested in this era of history. We had recently read and seen "The Help" so decided to look for other books on a similar theme.
We ordered this book after seeing good reviews however, she was very disappointed to discover it was a childrens book. It would probably be useful for a child's project at school.
Nowhere on the product description does it mention this - I certainly think it should as it wasn't a cheap book by any means.
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on 30 May 2018
great
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on 10 November 2016
Given as a present
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on 4 July 2014
interesting book for all age groups for this time in history. l do know it has been used as an educational tool in school for projects
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on 19 January 2018
Thank u
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on 28 September 2010
One of the best books i've read in a while i could read it again and again
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on 8 September 2009
all she does is complain get in trouble then complain and get in trouble i own the other 17 of this series and this has to be the worst i wish i had never bought it
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