Journeys for Freedom: A New Look at America's Story

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Each dynamic spread in Journeys for Freedom maps a factual account of real people pursuing freedom—and creating America’s story. Continuing their innovative storytelling approach, Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock invite you to trace the travelers across space and time as they forge a future for themselves and for our nation.

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Overview

Each dynamic spread in Journeys for Freedom maps a factual account of real people pursuing freedom—and creating America’s story. Continuing their innovative storytelling approach, Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock invite you to trace the travelers across space and time as they forge a future for themselves and for our nation.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
The stories of twenty people all searching for freedom of one sort or another are dramatically told in this inspiring book. Some of them, like George Washington, Roger Williams, and Cesar Chavez, are well known but most are not, although the cause of their quests might be—like the boys from Sudan, the Mormons' trek west, the building of the transcontinental railroad, and the flight of the Nez Perce. Buckley and Leacock's focus, though, is on the person or persons whose story brings those events to life for today's children. Making good use of primary sources and documented history, the authors use double-page spreads of text, detailed drawings/maps, and a fact box to succinctly tell each story of courage. The pictorial map clearly shows the location and environment for each tale and is keyed with numbers relating to the appropriate section in the text. Organized chronologically, the book works for browsing as well as for research. Care is taken to clearly delineate actual quotes from invented statements based on historical evidence; notes are included in the back matter.
School Library Journal

Gr 4–8
The authors chronicle 20 journeys, the first in 1631, the last in 1988, that led their participants to escape some form of enslavement or oppression. Relying on documented fact and personal narratives whenever possible, the authors use clear but dramatic prose to describe such courageous and inspirational events as Deborah Sampson's masquerade as a soldier during the Revolutionary War, the flight of the Nez Perce, the revolt on the Amistad , César Chávez's pilgrimage to Sacramento to start the first farm workers' union, and the resettlement of the "lost boys" of the Sudan. Each event receives two pages and is accompanied by small but attractive and carefully detailed color illustrations that accurately depict both the action and the environment in which it occurred. The information is organized in such a way as to be useful for reports, but the volume will attract browsers as well. A first purchase for most collections.
—Grace OliffCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Deborah Sampson enlists in the Continental Army as Robert Shurtliff to join the fight for independence. Imprisoned for six and-a-half years during the Cultural Revolution, Nien Cheng leaves China to come to the U.S. Peter Malual, a "lost boy" of Sudan, survives rebel soldiers, crocodiles and near starvation and finds his way to America. These and 17 other dramatic stories of journeys to freedom make up this purposefully inspirational volume. The writing is clear and direct, and each two-page spread includes a map, a box of facts and a brief description of the journey. Red numbers in the text guide readers to locations on the maps. Continuing the series that began with Journeys in Time (2001) and Places in Time (2001), this will be a handy resource for reading aloud and for history reports. (acknowledgments, notes, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)
From the Publisher
"...Fascinating book with intricate illustrations by Rodica Prato."

-Tacoma News Tribune

"The writing is clear and direct...Continuing the series that began with Journeys in Time and Places in Time, this will be handy resource for eading aloud and gor history reports." Kirkus Reviews

This lively history focuses on 20 individuals' quest for freedom across U.S. history...The stories are as varied as they are fascinating and often go beyond the personal...The authors personalize each quest, make excellent use of primary sources, and clearly indicate actual quotes and ones inferred from the record...As powerful as it is useful, and this book is very useful indeed.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"This is a well written book that sheds light on some events that aren't always treated in traditional history texts." The Advocate

Relying on documented fact and personal narratives whenever possible, the author use clear but dramatic prose. . . . The information is organized in such a way as to be useful for reports, but the volume will attract browsers as well. A first purchase for most collections.
School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428191433
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/2/2009

Meet the Author

Susan Buckley has developed more than ten elementary social studies programs and was the general editor of Houghton Mifflin's We the People. She has written many history and geography books for children and teachers. She lives in New York City.

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