Freedom's a-Callin Me

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HarperCollins, Jan 3, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Award-winning poet Ntozake Shange and artist Rod Brown reimagine the journeys of the brave men and women who made their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Fleeing on the Underground Railroad meant walking long distances; swimming across streams; hiding in abandoned shanties, swamps, and ditches, always on the run from slave trackers and their dogs.

ah might get hungry
ah may get tired
good Lawd /
ah may be free

The Underground Railroad operated on secrecy and trust. But who could be trusted?

There were free black and white men and women helping, risking their lives, too. Because freedom was worth any risk. Celebrated collaborators Ntozake Shange and Rod Brown pay tribute to the Underground Railroad, a universal story about the human need to be free.

ah am a livin bein’ & ah got to be free

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User Review  - Jessica Henry - Goodreads

Twin Text: “Unspoken” by Henry Cole Copyright Date: 2012 Rationale: I chose the book “Unspoken” because it gives a different perspective on the same topic as my nonfiction book. The book uses no words ... Read full review

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User Review  - Juliette - Goodreads

The book recommends this for ages 8-12. I tend to agree it's a bit much for younger children, but the poetry and pictures are great for much older ages. Unfortunately, since it's printed in picture ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Ntozake Shange is a celebrated poet and author of many novels and plays, including the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which was made into a feature film. Ms. Shange is also the author of several children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Ellington Was Not a Street, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

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