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KLIATTThis brief novel goes into the category of "worthy." The Dred Scott Case is one of the most infamous in US Supreme Court history, yet most of us are probably a bit foggy about the details of the case. Reading this fictionalized account helps educate us; we also realize how complicated the facts in the case are and that some basic facts about Dred Scott's life are unknown. As the narrator says at the beginning, "I was born in Southampton, Virginia, some where 'bout 1700. I ain't got no ways of knowing my right age, 'cause I was born a slave." The 97 pages tell of owners changing, and travels with owners into Illinois and Wisconsin, where Congress prohibited slavery under the rules of the Missouri Compromise, which became the basis for Dred Scott's later plea for freedom. The court case lasted 11 years, and Dred Scott's fiercest supporters were the children of his owners, who supported Dred and his wife Harriet through their struggles. The author wrote The Legend of Buddy Bush and is the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul. She is committed to telling the story of African Americans and has produced an accessible vehicle to tell about this important legal case. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Simon & Schuster, 97p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.