Freedom Over Me

Freedom Over Me

Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

eBook - 2016
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"Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481456913
1481456911
1481456903
9781481456906
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 volume (unpaged)) : color illustrations.

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Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor

It's hard to imagine that less than 200 years ago, over half of the people living in the American South were enslaved. What Ashley Bryan makes clear in this picture book for middle graders is that those people were "People like you. Like me. For sale!" He uses the real names and ages of... Read More »


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CarpeBooksKirkland
Jun 19, 2017

There's no way to get around the cruelty and unfairness of the situation of all slaves. I cried reading this but it brings to a child's level how slavery effected the lives of the slaves.

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stepha89
Mar 16, 2017

I loved how vividly these slaves' lives and dreams were imagined, both through illustrations and through text.

KCLS_RobinH Dec 20, 2016

Imaginative and thought-provoking fictional descriptions of the lives of actual slaves owned by a deceased plantation owner in the American South of 1828.

AL_MARLA Dec 13, 2016

Ashley Bryan does a brilliant job of using a real 1828 historic document, appraising a deceased slave owner's estate, as the effective thread of revealing the story of those times, using each of the 11 slave's lives, their auction price, skills, value to the plantation, interrelationships, heritage and dreams.

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marthabwaters
Sep 20, 2016

This is a lovely little book -- Bryan uses actual historical documentation of a slave auction to imagine what the lives and dreams of these people must have been like. Each slave's value at auction is listed, followed by their own voices (as imagined by Bryan) describing their lives, and what they dream of. The contrast between the slaves' auction value and the true, immeasurable worth of their lives and hopes is beautifully drawn, and I found this to be a quite powerful read, despite its brevity.

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stepha89
Mar 16, 2017

stepha89 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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abaumler
Sep 06, 2017

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

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