Summary: In this book we meet Addy, a very young girl who was born into slavery and spends the first few years of her life as a slave. Her family lives in a shack on the plantation and when her father and brother was sold to a different plantation, Addy and her mom take the opportunity to escape. This book is just the beginning of Addy's journey to freedom. We follow Addy and her mom as they show their courage and determination to live a better life.
Age Range: This book is for pre-teen girls in late elementary, early middle school. The content is a bit strong for very young readers. The series comes in chapter books with little to no pictures. Pre-teen girls will have the imagination to create the scenes and not require the detailed illustrations on each page.
Artistic Element: The language is appropriate for the time and setting. It helps the reader not only understand the prejudice and discrimination that was going on at this time but the lack of education that African Americans had. The story that Addy tells is a preview of plenty of slaves who were on the journey to freedom.
Recommendation: This book is a great story for young girls to read to learn about the time when slavery took place. The addy series takes the reader through slavery, freedom and the civil war. I would recommend not just this book but the entire Addy series for young pre-teen girls so they can understand the time and adversities that African Americans had to over come.