Slavery -- fiction

Chesapeake

By James A. Michener

Go to catalog

In this epic, the Chesapeake Bay region gets Michener's novel treatment. From Indians to religious pilgrims, from pirates to slave holders, from Quakers to desperate Irish immigrants, the people come in and make their mark on the windy marshes and tidal basins of the Chesapeake Bay.

Reserve this title

Come Juneteenth

Ann Rinaldi

Fourteen-year-old Luli and her family face tragedy after failing to tell their slaves that President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made them free.

0152059474
Middle School

Day of Tears

Julius Lester

Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.

0786804904
High School
Middle School

A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl

By Patricia C. McKissack

Go to catalog
In 1859 twelve-year-old Clotee, a house slave who must conceal the fact that she can read and write, records in her diary her experiences and her struggle to decide whether to escape to freedom.
Reserve this title

Freedom's Wings

By Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Go to catalog

A nine-year-old slave keeps a diary of his journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad in 1857.

Reserve this title

Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me

By Ann Grifalconi; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Go to catalog

Two Caldecott Honor recipients join to bring you the incredible journey of one man, as he recounts the story of his passage on the Underground Railroad to his granddaughter. His message is one of cheer, for although he and his family found troubles during their escape, he found that folks, black and white, "helped lift us up when we was down." How, then, could he ever turn his back on another human being?
(From the publisher's description)

Reserve this title

Henry's Freedom Box

By Ellen Levine

Go to catalog

A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

Reserve this title

Elijah of Buxton

By Christopher Paul Curtis

Go to catalog
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.
Reserve this title

January's Sparrow

By Patricia Polacco

Go to catalog

After a fellow slave is beaten to death, Sadie and her family flee the plantation for freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Reserve this title

Most Loved in All the World

By Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Go to catalog

Even though Mama is an agent on the Underground Railroad, in order to help others she must remain a slave, but she teaches her daughter the value of freedom through a gift of love and sacrifice. A picture book.

Reserve this title