Mercenaries and slaves

Tim Golden | 30 May 2014
A tragic story about revenge.


Jennifer Minicus | 08 April 2013
A story from the Civil War.

The Land

Jennifer Minicus | 14 January 2012
This Coretta Scott King Award winner is a prequel to "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry."

I, Juan de Pareja

Clare Cannon | 11 June 2011
A sensitive fictional account of the life of Juan de Pareja, slave of the painter Velaszquez.

Dave, the Potter

Jennifer Minicus | 07 April 2011
Another Caldecott winner...

The Drinking Gourd

Jennifer Minicus | 26 October 2010
This easy reader tells the story of the Underground Railroad through the eyes of a young boy.

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Jennifer Minicus | 16 September 2010
In this biography of an African slave, Yates demonstrates that to forgive can sometimes be human as well as divine.

The Door of No Return

Clare Cannon | 16 July 2010
British descendant of an African prince fights slavery all over again.

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