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Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.


New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011.

IL 5-8, RL 4.1

ISBN 0803734999


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Kimberly Bradley’s historical fiction novel Jefferson’s Son’s tells the true story of Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave, and their children, who were also his slaves.  We first learn of the big secret of Monticello through the world of Beverly, one of Thomas’s sons.  Beverly wants to play the violin like “papa,” or “Master,” because he is not allowed to call “Master” “Papa” because that would not be right.  Is it right for the President’s children to be slaves?  Can he not free them?  If Beverly and his family are owned by their father, does that mean they are just a possession? 
(Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Fiction.
                        Hemings, Sally -- Fiction.
                        Slavery -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Monticello (Va.) -- Fiction.
                        Virginia -- History 1775-1865 -- Fiction.

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