Amos Fortune, Free Man

Amos Fortune, Free Man

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by Elizabeth Yates, Nora S. Unwin
     
 

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A Newbery Medal Winner

When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dinity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come

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A Newbery Medal Winner

When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dinity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked as a slave and dreamed of freedom. And, at age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true.

"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

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"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
In this classic tale of an African prince, stolen from his home, made a slave, and taken to America, it is the character of Amos that drives the story forward. At-mun was the son of the chief and would have been a good leader to his tribe if he had not been taken away to Boston. In Boston, a Quaker named Copeland takes the young man and calls him Amos, and his family teaches Amos to read and write. He acquired the last name of "Fortune" because he was so fortunate not to have been broken the way so many other slaves were, and in comparison to them, he was well-treated. Though Copeland died before freeing Amos, Amos does eventually become a free man. With his freedom, Amos is able to then help others to become free. This is a touching story about one man's commitment to freedom and how he achieved it. Reviewer: Kathleen Foucart

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140341584
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/28/1989
Series:
Newbery Library, Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
61,532
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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"The moving story of a life dedicated to the fight for freedom."—Booklist

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Yates (1905–2001), prolific American author, won the 1951 Newbery Medal for her novel Amos Fortune, Free Man. She also received a Newbery Honor in 1944 for Mountain Born.

Nora Unwin (1907–1982) illustrated more than one hundred books for children.

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Amos Fortune, Free Man 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative. It also has great messages about doing what your heart says is right, perserverance, and hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a true testament of life when people weren't people. Amos Fortune should be an American icon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.