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Freewater

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Under the cover of night, twelve-year-old Homer flees Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada, unwillingly leaving their beloved mother behind. Much as he adores her and fears for her life, Homer knows there's no turning back, not with the overseer on their trail. Through tangled vines, secret doorways, and over a sky bridge, the two find a secret community called Freewater, deep in the swamp.

In this society created by formerly enslaved people and some freeborn children, Homer finds new friends, almost forgetting where he came from. But when he learns of a threat that could destroy Freewater, he crafts a plan to find his mother and help his new home.

Deeply inspiring and loosely based on the history of maroon communities in the South, this is a striking tale of survival, adventure, friendship, and courage.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 144 x 198 x 36mm | 460g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316056618
  • 9780316056618
  • 1,494,650

Review quote

"A compelling, gripping story told in an imaginative and lyrical way, Freewater is a moving, powerful homage to the men, women, and children who rejected slavery and dared invent a free life in the American wilderness."--Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf, author of Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons
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About Amina Luqman-Dawson

Amina Luqman Dawson is the author of the pictorial history book Images of America: African Americans of Petersburg (Arcadia Publishing). Her op-eds on race and popular culture have appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She's a proud mother of a 12-year-old son. Amina, her husband, and her son reside in Arlington, VA.
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Rating details

155 ratings
4.35 out of 5 stars
5 52% (81)
4 32% (50)
3 14% (22)
2 1% (2)
1 0% (0)
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