From Slave Ship to Freedom Road

Paperback | December 21, 1999

byJulius LesterIllustratorRod Brown

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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

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The historical accuracy of Newbery Honor recipient and scholar Julius Lester`s confrontational text and the powerful, dark beauty and pain of acclaimed African-American artist Rod Brown`s luminous paintings combine to make this picture book a powerful depiction of the slave experience. It took the artist seven years to complete these i...

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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 pa...

Julius Lester has published many books of fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and poetry. Among the awards these books have received are the Newbery Honor Medal, American Library Association Notable Book, National Jewish Book Award Finalist, The New York Times Outstanding Book, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Caldecott ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.06 × 11 × 0.19 inPublished:December 21, 1999Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140566694

ISBN - 13:9780140566697

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The historical accuracy of Newbery Honor recipient and scholar Julius Lester`s confrontational text and the powerful, dark beauty and pain of acclaimed African-American artist Rod Brown`s luminous paintings combine to make this picture book a powerful depiction of the slave experience. It took the artist seven years to complete these images, which many children may find harrowing but are nonetheless brutally accurate in their depiction of the realities of the slave ship and plantation. Carefully phrasing the occasional question so that children will think hard about issues of racism and freedom, From Slave Ship to Freedom Road is an intense and invaluable educational experience for children and adults to remember the atrocities of a harsh era in the making of the New World.