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Once on This River

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
It is 1760. Monday de Groot and her mother, Lesley, a midwife, sail from their home in Madagascar to New York, to testify on behalf of Lesley's brother Frederick, who has been falsely imprisoned and taken as a slave. Because Lesley has the only papers to prove that Frederick is in fact a free black man, she risks the journey despite its danger for Monday--the potential dis ...more
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published December 29th 1997 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Nicole
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This young adult novel is about an 11 year old African girl named Monday who travels from her home in Madagascar to New York in the 1700s. Her mother, who was born in America, is returning to help prove that Monday's uncle (who was recently sold as a slave) is a free man. It was a very interesting read. I love historical fiction, and there was also a bit of a mystery in this story...something about her past that Monday's mother didn't want to reveal to her.

I did wonder, however, how much the aut
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Oct 08, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
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Free blacks in New York City in 1760. An interesting depiction of their community.
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