Amanda Northrup's Reviews > Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man

Stolen into Slavery by Judith Bloom Fradin
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Dec 29, 2013

really liked it
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I figured I already knew about slavery, but this book hit me hard. Beautifully crafted, and well-researched. This biography based on the life of Solomon Northup (Twelve Years a Slave), is clearly written for a YA audience, so its a quick and easy read. Yet, the text is deeply arresting.

An important note for those considering this book for their classrooms or families - there is quite a bit of strong language that is likely to be offensive to younger readers. Since this text quotes actual people from 1850 - using harsh, racist language when speaking to slaves - the cursing and racial slurs are authentic. They're just tricky waters for young readers. This book is shelved in my library's YA section, rather than the Juvenile nonfiction. I'm guessing it's due to the language.

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