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A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859
Dear America Series Book #4 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Patricia McKissack

Book Info

Published on January 1, 1997
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.6 (5.0 Points, Quiz #17636)
GLE: 5.2
F&P/GRL: T
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 790

Summary:
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.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
The spring blooms are comin' and the sky is a sure blue.

Back Cover:
My name is Clotee. This is my story....
Twelve-year-old Clotee, a slave, has the most wonderful, terrible secret. While doing her job of fanning her master's son during his daily lessons, Clotee has taught herself to read and write. She knows that if she shares this secret with the wrong person, she will face unimaginable consequences. Soon she discovers that the tutor, Ely Harms, has a secret of his own.

In a time when literacy is one of the most valuable skills to have, Clotee is determined to use her secret to save herself and her friends. Her journey to freedom is wrought with the intrigue and disloyalty of spies and traitors, the celebrations of life, the bonds of family, and the anguish of death and slavery.

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