What are the best books on slavery for middle schoolers?

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    Chains is a book by Laurie Halse Anderson that tells the story of Isabel Wages. They are slaves owned by a cruel couple who does not care about the freedom of slaves. They will fight for their rights and win their freedom.  

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    Ruth Schmidt
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Introducing children to American History involving slavery can be touchy. A book that helps bridge that gap is Chains. It is about the fight for rights and freedom. It can really help younger students understand a very difficult time in America. "
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    #2A Desperate Road to Freedom

    A Desperate Road to Freedom

    A Desperate Road to Freedom is a book written by Karleen Bradford that tells the story of Julia May. They are slaves of a tobacco farm and they fled for their freedom. This book is her diary and it tells all the challenges she faced. 


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    Robert Harper
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Although this is a very well rated book, there are definitely not enough reviews to make sure that this is the best book. For all we know, these reviews could have come from the author's family."
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    #3Come Juneteenth

    Come Juneteenth
    Come Juneteenth is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Sis Goose. She is a slave that was loved dearly by the family she serves, but she will discover a secret that will ruin her relationship with the family.  

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    Cecilia Monroy
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The slave became a member of the family who owned her. She was unaware that for two years she could be free because they didn't tell her so she felt betrayed and ran away with a tragic ending."
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    #4An Unlikely Friendship

    An Unlikely Friendship
    An Unlikely Friendship is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's wife and her black seamstress. Their closeness is questionable because there seemed to be no connection between them.

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    Juan Hart
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a good book and it is about Lincoln's wife so middle schoolers might care a bit more. This is an interesting book for them to read."
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    Nightjohn is a book written by Gary Paulsen that tells the story of a female slave named Sarny. She saw Nightjohn when it was tortured. He will escape but will come back to teach lessons. 


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    Frances Watson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I wanted the best books on slavery that were meant for middle schoolers. I found Nightjohn, which is about a female slave named Sarny, who escapes but then returns to teach others."
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    #6Numbering All the Bones

    Numbering All the Bones

    Numbering All the Bones is a book by Ann Rinaldi that tells the story of Civil War. The siblings Eulinda and Zeke were separated because Zeke was sold as a slave. She will fight for her life alone. 


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    Lawrence Vargas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a very sad tale. I love the story line because there is alot to learn from the slavery days. This story is perfect for the requested topic of a good read for middle school."
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    #7North by Night

    North by Night

    North by Night is a book by Katherine Ayres that tells the story of Lucy Spencer and her family. Their family helps the slaves escape even if it means danger to them. She will make big sacrifices for the slaves and it will be all worth it. 


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    Terry Reynolds
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A well written book that speaks from the perspective of a child whos family operates a home in the underground railroad system. Though the book was too easy of a read for me, I would definitely say this book is perfectly suitable for elementary schoolers to read and let their imagination grow."
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    Willow is an exceptional story about a girl that has to live with the memory of a terrible tragedy and a boy who want to be with her.The author, Julia Hoban, captures perfectly the real emotions of a teenage girl.


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    Raymond Hunt
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The main character draws you in slowly slowly as the story develops. It grips you in and pulls you all the way in by the time you reach the middle. The story is sad and happy all at the same time so your emotions will fluctuate while reading it. I have bought three copies for my nieces and they all have good things to say about it."
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    #9The Last Silk Dress

    The Last Silk Dress

    The Last Silk Dress is a dramatic novel for pre-teens and teens written by Ann Rinaldi. The story is set during the Civil War and the main character is working for the Confederacy. It was published in October 1999.


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    Carolyn Barrett
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This solution is an okay book for slavery. While it is focused in that time period, it doesn't seem to focus directly onto slavery."
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    #10Day of Tears

    Day of Tears
    Back in 1859, the largest slave auction in America took place in Georgia, where more than 400 slaves were sold on March 2 and 3.  While the auction was taking place, it was raining non-stop for the two days, and it only stopped once the transactions were over: this is the starting point of this novel, which narrates the lives of many of those slaves.

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    Arjun Verma
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "it has lot of irony in the title itself. it was rainig heavy and so many slaves werebeing auctioned and the irony is none could even see their tears because f the downpour."


Best What are the best books on slavery for middle schoolers
1ChainsBooks 42 Paid
2A Desperate Road to FreedomBooks 41 Paid
3Come JuneteenthBooks 38 Paid
4An Unlikely FriendshipBooks 36 Paid
5NightjohnBooks 34 Paid
6Numbering All the BonesBooks 30 Paid
7North by NightBooks 27 Paid
8WillowBooks 23 Paid
9The Last Silk DressBooks 4 Paid
10Day of TearsBooks 1 Paid

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