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Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Compelling, fact-filled bio of the abolitionist icon.

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Well-researched and well-written, this biography is a perfect overview for young students of American history. Bolden throws in so many names, dates, and quotes that some middle schoolers may get a little bit lost, but as a starting point for learning about abolitionism, the book excels. The striking portraits throughout the work help bring the story to life, as do the images of documents from the archives.

Some may find Bolden's writing style a little too informal or stylized, but her storytelling is engaging and compelling throughout. Facing Frederick is an excellent tool for introducing and understanding the long and difficult fight for liberation and social justice during an incredibly violent and volatile chapter in the history of the United States.

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