Skip to product information
1 of 1

Atheneum Books

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

Regular price $16.08 USD
Regular price $17.98 USD Sale price $16.08 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.
Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a person with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as...a lantern.

This gentle yet deeply powerful way goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that can't be bought or sold: dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his "workers," the author has created collages around that document, and others like it.

Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry, he imagines and interprets each person's life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about--their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an overseer or madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you've seen.

Author: Ashley Bryan
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Published: 09/13/2016
Pages: 56
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 11.00h x 10.10w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781481456906
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.6
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 185729 / Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

Award: Newbery Medal - Honor Book
Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Honor Book
Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/04/2016
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2016 pg. 90
Booklist 08/01/2016 pg. 66
BookPage 09/01/2016
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2016 pg. 42
School Library Journal 09/01/2016 pg. 172
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2016
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2016 pg. 94
School Library Journal 12/01/2016 pg. 39
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2017 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
View full details