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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    eh

    It was an ok book but I found it slightly dull and dreary also i did not like how they dont tell you how he dies.of course i probably felt this way because i was obligated to read by my teacher and i like to rebel,but all in all it was a nice book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Amos Fortune Free Man Review

    Newbery Book Title: Amos Fortune, Free Man Reading Level: Sixth Grade Genre: Historical About the Author: Elizabeth Yates was born in New York State in 1905. Ms. Yates was the author of over forty children¿s books. She was best known for her book Amos Fortune, Free Man, which won the Newbery Award in 1951. In 1926 Ms. Yates moved to New York City to launch her writing career. She married her husband, William McGreal and they moved to England, where she wrote her first book, High Holiday. In 1939, she and her husband returned to the United States and settled on an old farm in New Hamshire, where she continued to write books. Book Review: This is the story of the life of Amos Fortune. Mr. Fortune was born in Africa in a village of the At-mun-ski people. He was born to royalty. He was a prince, the son of a King. ¿He is strong. He is beautiful. When the time comes, he will rule us well,¿ the people said of At-mum. He would have been a King, but his likes take a dramatic and tragic turn. At the age of fifteen, he was captured by slaves and brought to America. He arrived in Boston and was purchased as a slave. He was then given the name Amos. He was then a slave, but he dreamed of freedom. At the age of sixty, and after many years of hard work, Amos realized his dream as he had saved enough money to buy his freedom. He later went on to purchase freedom for several other people. Amos overcame his tremendous adversity to accomplish is dreams, and through his generosity, helped others as well. This was a wonderful story, very moving and inspirational. I highly recommend it for reading enjoyment. Bibliographic Information: Yates, Elizabeth. Amos Fortune, Free Man. NewYork: Puffin Books: A Division of Penguin Books, 1950.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    AMOS FORTUNE A GOOD BOOK!!!

    Ok so I am still reading this book I am only on chapter three. Right now it talks about At-mun and the At-mun-shi people. They where having a corn festivle but then At-mun and many more were kiddnapped from the whites and were sold as slaves in America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Can you imagine how a prince would feel if he were made a slave?

    That is what happened to the character in this book. This is the story of the life of Amos Fortune. Amos was born in the equatorial forest of Africa in a village of the At-mun-ski people. His birth name was At-min and he was born to royalty, for he was a prince, a son of a king. ¿He is strong. He is beautiful. When the time comes, he will rule us well,¿ the people said of At-mun. He would have been the king, but his like takes a dramatic and tragic turn, when at the age of fifteen he is captured by slavers and brought to America. He arrives in Boston where he is purchased as a slave. He is then given the name of Amos. Amos was a slave, but he dreamed of freedom. After many years of hard work, Amos realized his dream at the age of sixty when he had saved enough money to buy his freedom. Later he purchased freedom for several other people as well. Amos overcomes tremendous adversity to accomplish his dreams. Through his generosity he helped others. This is a wonderful book which I loved reading tremendously. The story is skillfully written and is very moving and inspirational. I enthusiastically give it my highest recommendation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    Story of an African slave who purchased liberty and freedom.

    Yates, Elizabeth. Amos Fortune: Free Man. New York: E. P Dutton & CO., INC., 1950. This novel is a true story and an intensely moving biography of a strong and gentle man. The author, Elizabeth Yates, is one of America's leading writers for young people. Her devotion to the art began during childhood summers on her father's farm south of Buffalo, New York. Her first book was published there in 1938. This novel, Amos Fortune: Free Man, offers the reader a journey of amazement and admiration of a man who over came slavery and became a celebrity of his time. Amos Fortune, formerly At-mun, bought his freedom from his owner and began his life as a tanner. Along the way he also bought the freedom of four people, the later being his wife and adopted child Violet and Celyndia. At the end of his life, Amos Fortune gave his last penny to the city for the education of others, 'The town shall us the money in any way it sees fit to educate its sons and daughters.' This novel is one that the reader will read in one sitting due to the fact that the book encompases the reader and does not allow it to be put down the final word on the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2004

    Pretty Good Book

    This book is very informative. It also has great messages about doing what your heart says is right, perserverance, and hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2003

    Outstanding

    This book is incredible. It is about a black family who was brought into slavery. Fifteen years later Amos made a big discovery that all his famiy died. He tried to escape but was brutally beat. I recommend this book for ages 12-15. I also recommend this book for people who love drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2002

    Not funny but a strong message is told

    The way Elizabeth Yates writes the book makes me feel like I'm there standing next to Amos 24/7. This book has a great message , and I think children of all ages would enjoy this book if they read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Inspirational Book

    This book is a true testament of life when people weren't people. Amos Fortune should be an American icon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    Amos Fourtune

    Amos Fortune is a slave. One day Amos plans to exscape but he does not want to leave with out telling any of his friends. He tells one of his older friends and sets off for any adventure. Amos soon finds a safe place, finds a wife,they have 2 kids then Amos and his wife die a free couple.

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