Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass

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Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Jan 3, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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The inspirational, true story of how Frederick Douglass found his way to freedom one word at a time.

This picture book biography chronicles the youth of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African American figures in American history. Douglass spent his life advocating for the equality of all, and it was through reading that he was able to stand up for himself and others. Award-winning husband-wife team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome present a moving and captivating look at the young life of the inspirational man who said, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

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Frederick (Bailey) Douglass was born a slave and separated from her mother as a child. When he was 8 years old he was sent to Baltimore to work at another plantation. Sofia the wife of his new owner ... Read full review

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"Liberty, justice, abolition. These powerful words set young Frederick on a mission. Born a slave, he was secretly taught how to read by his slaveowner's missus. Once discovered, he was forbidden to ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of Satchel Paige and Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist, both illustrated by James E. Ransome.

James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go won the NAACP Image Award. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell, Deborah Hopkinson’s Under the Quilt of Night, and Satchel Paige, written by his wife, Lesa Cline-Ransome. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Syracuse University and lives in with his family in upstate New York. Visit him at JamesRansome.com.

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