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Come August, come freedom : the bellows, the gallows, and the black general Gabriel

by Gigi Amateau

  Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school  |  1st ed

Come August, Come Freedom   (2014-03-28)

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by AnchorageSchools

I'm on the fence with this. The plot is enthralling, the primary source documents are intriguing however, the story line and the writing are a little slow. There are a couple of odd jumps in the chronology of the story that occur in the middle of chapters that pulled me out of the story and caused a little confusion. I'm not sure how many YA's will stick with it and finish the book.

The following is a review written by a student;

Gabriel, a slave in revolutionary America who never had anything to truly claim as his own, grows into manhood during turbulent times for his people. With him having the luxury of being a blacksmith, he is able to listen to the gossip and rumors of uprisings and calls to freedom during his work. With these "advantages" coupled with his disturbing past, common amongst slaves, how can he NOT start to plan the way to freedom for his people? This book does have gruesome details about slavery, but the plot is not centered around these details. It clearly shows the pitfalls of slavers and it accurately captures the human heart through the telling of the story.




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