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Dear America: A Picture of Freedom

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Dear America: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859
by Patricia McKissack

A compelling girl's 'personal account' of life as a slave.  It's 1859 and Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. She knows that if she shares it with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. What is her secret? While doing her job of fanning her master's son during his daily lessons, Clotee has taught herself to read and write. However, she soon learns that the tutor, Ely Harms, has a secret of his own. In a time when literacy is one of the most valuable skills to have, Clotee is determined to use her secret to save herself, and her family.

This book is part of the Dear America series---a series of fictional journal accounts by girls living in different times in American history.  There is also a related series of fictional diaries written by boy characters---the My Name is America series. Both series are written in the form of historical fiction diaries and are fantastic to use when teaching American history or even diary/journal writing.

Book Type:   chapter book

Grade Level:    5th grade     6th grade     7th grade   

Reading Level:   DRA Level 50      Guided Reading Level T

 

Condition:  This book is used but in good condition. There's very little or no water damage, torn pages, damage to the spine, or writing on the outer cover or inside pages. Occasionally there's a small amount of writing on the inside cover (previous owner's name/inscription).  NOTE: There are two different covers for this book. The one you get will be either one of the covers shown at left (based on current inventory).

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