Freedom (Paperback)Catherine Johnson (author)
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Compassionate and powerful, this Winner of the Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2019 tells the story of a slave boy Nat, shipped to England from a Jamaican plantation in 1783. His journey to London entails many harrowing discoveries, but also the kindness and generosity of strangers. With insight and hope firmly anchored in the narrative, Freedom offers an important perspective to one of the darkest episodes in British history.
Winner of the Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2019'Filled with humour, compassion and hope' - Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian
An action-packed and pacey story about a boy's experience of slavery in Britain. Nathaniel doesn't want to move to England with his master's family, leaving behind his mother and sister on the Jamaican plantation. But then he remembers what his mother told him: once a slave sets foot on English soil, they're free. Perhaps he can earn his fortune and buy his family's freedom, too.
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 120 g
Dimensions: 200 x 131 x 11 mm
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