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Day of Tears by Julius Lester
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Feb 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-materials
Read in February, 2011

The biggest slave auction ever is taking place at the start of the story. It has been raining the whole time, and Emma must accompany her master and his daughters, Sarah and Francie. Mattie, only 12 years old, has become a mother figure for the girls after their father and mother divorced. That is why it is so hard for Sarah when she realizes that The Master has sold Sarah to another women, seperating Emma from her mom and dad. She is devestated as she must leave, but she remains brave as she leaves with another slave that was sold, her friend Joe. At the new house they are treated well, but still yearn to be free. Joe talks to a white man who owns a local store, Mr. Henry and he promises Joe a way to freedom. One night, the leave with a few other slaves and make their way to Ohio where they can be free at last. I would recommend this book to teenagers 13 and up.

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