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Burg, Ann E.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
ISBN 0545934273

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Grace's mamma makes her promise to "keep her eyes down and her mouth closed" when she leaves their slave cabin to work at the big house in Virginia in the 1830s. Grace cannot remain silent as she witnesses the cruel treatment of slaves at the hands of a heartless missus and master. Her spoken thoughts trigger a series of events which force Grace to lead her family to the Great Dismal Swamp in search of freedom. Through this brave and frightening journey Grace realizes “freedom’s not jus a place you find on a map.” Strong, brave and thoughtful, Grace genuinely and fiercely confronts big questions, calls out the injustices of slavery, and gives voice to this important and little known part of the history of slave resistance.  (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:   African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Dismal Swamp (N.C. and Va.) -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Fugitive slaves -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
                        Novels in verse.
                        Slavery -- Fiction.
                        Southern States -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Fiction.

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