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Melitte based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Since Melitte (means 'doll' in French) was 6, she was the slave of Monsieur (who is really her father) and Madame Duroux. Forced to do the cooking, cleaning, and field work of the tiny farm, the work load never seems to lessin. The only person who loves Melitte. By the time she is 13, she realizes that her only hope for freedom is to escape. The emotional first-person narrative and well-researched historical detail paint a vivid picture of the times and provide a wrenching look at slave life. In the hopeful ending, Marie, her loving half-sister, helps her escape and Melitte arranges to be taken to a camp of runaways.
Set in Louisiana during the late 1700's, we meet Melitte, a young slave girl. Forced to work in the fields, clean house, and cook, her days of mental and physical abuse seen never ending. Though young and mistreated, she becomes a loving friend to Marie, her owner's daughter, and they care for one another like sisters. She is forced to choose between the only person who has ever loved her and the freedom she longs to have. Melitte' strength and courage enables her to choose and to keep a loving friend in her heart and memory. The reading is somewhat slow and repetitive at the beginning, but Melitte's struggle to survive and bravery generate interest in a book that addresses slavery, freedom, and friendship.