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By , Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Siblings escape slavery, find a home in awe-inspiring tale.

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This amazing tale of survival family and friendship will leave readers in awe. Freewater's multiple point of views and short chapters allow for a steady and engaging reading pace. The switching between points of view is never confusing, but sometimes enjoyably frustrating when a chapter ends on a cliffhanger. The book's main narrators are children, so readers see the horror of slavery through their eyes. They don't go into detail, so it's up to readers to put together the mystery of what happened. This allows for powerful scenes that can be only a few lines long with the reader filling in the rest.

While slavery is a huge part of the story, it's not the only focus. The book deals with themes of freedom, family, and friendship. There are also lighthearted moments of laughter, sibling bickering, and friends bonding. First-time author Amina Luqman-Dawson does a phenomenal job of showing that slavery wasn't just about physical confines, but a psychological state. Many of the formerly enslaved children take time to process their trauma in a realistic way. Throughout the story, the children (born free, formerly enslaved, and White) gain a newly enlightened view of the world and with that information, become people that will make readers proud.

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