Dear America: A Picture of Freedom [NOOK Book]

Overview

Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack's inspiring A PICTURE OF FREEDOM is now back in print with a gorgeous new cover!

It's 1859 and Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. She knows that if she shares it with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. What is her secret? While doing her job of fanning her master's son during his daily lessons, Clotee has ...
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Overview

Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack's inspiring A PICTURE OF FREEDOM is now back in print with a gorgeous new cover!

It's 1859 and Clotee, a twelve-year-old slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. She knows that if she shares it with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. What is her secret? While doing her job of fanning her master's son during his daily lessons, Clotee has taught herself to read and write. However, she soon learns that the tutor, Ely Harms, has a secret of his own.

In a time when literacy is one of the most valuable skills to have, Clotee is determined to use her secret to save herself, and her family.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545414975
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 114,307
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    It is 1859 in Virginia. Clotee lives on Belmont Plantation and serves Mas' Henley. She feels lucky because she doesn't have to work in the fields like many of the other slaves. Her job is to attend the lessons Mas' Henley's wife teaches to her two children. When the weather is warm, Clotee's job is to fan the children as they work on their studies. The thing is, Clotee doesn't simply keep the children cool; she also watches over their shoulders and learns right along with them. She is learning to read and write, and she uses her knowledge to record events in this diary. There is one very serious problem. If Mas' Henley finds out Clotee can read and write, her life could be in danger. Slaves are not allowed this privilege, and if she is discovered, she is sure to suffer a severe beating and possibly worse. She has heard of slaves caught reading who have been sold into the deep south, where life can be even more terrible for them. A new tutor is hired to teach the children, and Clotee begins to suspect that he might not be exactly who he says he is. When she realizes he knows her secret, she is terrified, but she discovers he isn't going to reveal what he knows. As her knowledge and vocabulary expand, she learns the mysterious tutor is an abolitionist, and he might even be involved in something she has heard about called the Underground Railroad. Part of the DEAR AMERICA series, A PICTURE OF FREEDOM by Patricia C. McKissack is about one young slave girl's experience as she lives as an orphan on a Virginia plantation at the mercy of an intolerant master. This work of historical fiction depicts life on the plantation and how the slaves struggled to retain their identity as they battled for simple survival. McKissack brings this challenging time to life for readers interested in learning more about a piece of our past.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    My 12 year old girl loved this book

    My 12year old girl loved this book she said slavery was so mean she could not believe thay did that and I feel the same

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Adventoureous Book, 100 stars

    Just got done reading the part about "Uncle Heb" poor poor uncle Heb!!! Master Henleys like i didnt kill him, he just died after i wacked him with my gun!! Lol:);) seems likea verygood book especailly when they get a tutor for their son!! Read the book and you'll know what im talking about! Oh yeah, and theyhave the part with the kid and the horse,so sad! BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2003

    THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ!!!!!!!!!

    I HAVE NEVER LIKED SOCIAL STUDIES CAUSE IT WAS SO BORING, BUT THIS BOOK SHOWED ME HOW INTERESTING IT CAN BE

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great

    Love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Great book!!!

    This book is great! I loves it. I have read it twice! It is a great way to find a new book AND learn more about slavery. In the back of the book, there is facts about America in that time.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Good book

    Had a couple troubles with trying to get it off my wishlist after I bought it. Still haven't gotten it of. It is pretty anoying when I am trying to look at the other books.
    There wasn't actually anything wrong with the book except a few typos which were pretty darn confusing for a moment. Anyway, it was a great book.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    Touching, and eye-opening

    This is one of my favorite books in the Dear America series! I knew about slavery, but i had never known much about the Underground Railroad. I felt like I was there with Clotee in those days. I admit, it did start out a little boring, but after I kept reading it I couldn't put it down. Anyone of any age should read this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    A Step Back in Time.

    This is a step back in history. "Dear America, The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, A Picture of Freedom, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859" by Patricia C. McKissack was both fascinating and intriguing. This novel was well written, well developed, and well researched. It made me almost "see"/visualize and "feel" the emotions of the protagonist. This "tale" of a slave was also enlightening, the cover design and style of the book reminded me of the American Girl series of novels. Patricia C. McKissack's writing style is sure to entice young readers and make it easy for them to enjoy reading Clotee's story. The history offered in this work of fiction is provided in an easy-to-read and easy-to-comprehend way. It was a delight to read this and I wanted to read straight through the weekend to find out what would happen on the Belmont Plantation. Clotee's diary gives readers insight into the life and struggles of a slave.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    A childhood favorite

    This book was responsible for creating a monster. I received it as a Christmas present many years ago, and after reading it, developed an interest in history. I saved up my allowance money each week until I owned every book in the Dear America series. I highly recommend this and other books in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    GREAT BOOK 3

    this is a great book. i had to do it for a project in my LA class. at first it was kind of boring but it better and even better as i read along! you should read this if you get the chance it says only ages 9 to 12 but i think it is great for anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    An Uplifting and Inspiring Story

    I throughly enjoyed this book. It really gave me a since of what it must have been like as a slave. I also liked how the author made this story uplifting and all, when instead she could have made it very depressing. I like Clotee's charcter: a determened girl who wants to end freedom. She is smart and resourceful. Though it is in diary form it does have a plot, which is hard to do when writing this style especially about history. I would say that Mrs. McKissack has done a very good job with this book, and would recomend for grades 4-8.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Jman

    This was a class asignment.best book ever.why did they have slaves.it was humans you know.fyi.clotee hanley was real.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Awesomr!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Freedom

    Why was slavery even allowed,i mean we should be all treated equal

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    OMIGOODNESS

    This book is truly amazing. A must read plz read it its so good. Im disappointed u cant buy the sample but the book is worth 1,000,000,000,000 dollars. Trust me.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    My Favorite of thousands

    I dont have it on my nook but i love it. ive read thousands of books but tihs is my favorite. It deserves morr tha 5 stras

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Chloe likes this book

    This is such a good book. I dnt have it on my nook but it is a great story. If u have any question on gettng it i"ll just tell u it almost makes me pay attention in world history.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Good Book

    Personally, I think this is the best book in the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    Shows the horrors of slave life

    This book really describes what was going on during the 1800s. It kept you turning the pages. the character of Clotee was very personable and made you want to help the slaves. Great book if you are looking for a quick read!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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