Under the Freedom Tree


Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the contraband slaves of the Civil War, brave souls who launched the beginning of the end of slavery in America. Illustrated by London Ladd. Published by Charlesbridge, 2014; paperback, 2019.

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2014 Junior Library Guild Selection

2015 CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 

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