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Linda HuttonWell-known for her historical volumes for young people, author Kem Knapp Sawyer has produced a first novel that will enhance her reputation as a writer. Subtitled "Journey of a Slave Girl," Sawyer's latest book is the exciting fictional story of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad just before the Civil War. This heart-wrenching tale will awaken young readers' interest in our Civil War history, while it underscores the biblical admonition ot love thy neighbor, even if she is an escaping slave. Through the use of historical documents, diaries and letters, Sawyer paints a chilling picture of enslaved life. Two girls, one white and one black, become friends and learn to trust each other, as Abby, the white girl, assists Louisa to flee to England. Careful research and accurate descriptions make "Freedom Calls" a must-buy for school libraries, as well as parents who wish to encourage children to study our history and grow up without prejudice. Highly recommended.
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