Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson. This sounds like such an important, but hard-hitting middle grade. I feel like this would be a perfect book to read this month, since it’s inspired by Black history. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators to find out their thoughts.
Amina Luqman Dawson is the author of the pictorial history book Images of America: African Americans of Petersburg (Arcadia Publishing). Her op-eds on race and popular culture have appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She’s a proud mother of a 12-year-old son. Amina, her husband, and her son reside in Arlington, VA.
About The Book
Author: Amina Luqman-Dawson
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: February 1st, 2022
Page Length: 416
Age Range: Middle Grade
Debut author Amina Luqman-Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children’s escape from a plantation and the many ways they find freedom.
Under the cover of night, twelve-year-old Homer flees Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada, unwillingly leaving their beloved mother behind. Much as he adores her and fears for her life, Homer knows there’s no turning back, not with the overseer on their trail. Through tangled vines, secret doorways, and over a sky bridge, the two find a secret community called Freewater, deep in the swamp.
In this society created by formerly enslaved people and some freeborn children, Homer finds new friends, almost forgetting where he came from. But when he learns of a threat that could destroy Freewater, he crafts a plan to find his mother and help his new home.
Deeply inspiring and loosely based on the history of maroon communities in the South, this is a striking tale of survival, adventure, friendship, and courage.
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