A Novel in Verse

Book - 2016
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The day nine-year-old Grace is called to work in the kitchen in the Big House, everyone warns her to to keep her head down and her thoughts to herself, but the more she sees of the oppressive Master and his hateful wife, the more she questions things until one day her thoughts escape--and to avoid being separated she and her family flee into the Dismal Swamp, to join the other escaped slaves who live there.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545934275
Branch Call Number: J HF BURG
Characteristics: 345 pages ; 21 cm


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If you enjoyed Chains, try this story of a young slave girl that attempts to escape from her slave owners in the South.

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JCLEdwardR Jan 15, 2019

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I felt the narrator did a good job using the range of her voice and it was honestly easier for me to hear the story rather than attempting to find my way through various pronunciations as I assume there are words written in some sort of slang.

The story itself gave me mixed emotions but not because it was a poor story or poorly written. Rather because the subject is always hard to stomach. This book is worth anyone's time and would be a great resource for kids learning about the horrors of slavery while using the first person narrative to drive home valuable lessons and perspective.

Jan 01, 2019

I loved smart and determined Grace and her strong sense of justice. She is an enslaved child who sees the injustice she, and her fellow slaves, experience clearly. When she is moved away from her family to work in "the big house" her awareness of these injustices deepens. She is brave and thoughtful, full of love and curiosity.

Oct 05, 2017

A 2018-2019 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 4-6).

Grace is a slave and is being taken away from her family to work in the Big House. Soon Grace finds herself in trouble because she can't keep her "rightiness" thoughts to herself, and her family is forced to flee into the swamp.

I think 21st century children will be able to relate to Grace and her "rightiness" thoughts. Grace doesn't accept the world she has been born into, but questions everything. The free verse and use of dialect might turn off some young readers. Overall I really liked it. Good characterizations.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Sep 26, 2016

Novels in verse are a bit hit or miss for me, but this one is flat-out great. Burg tells the story of a slave, Grave, who leaves her family and the fields to move into the Big House to work. This book alternates between being heartwrenching and deeply hopeful, and is a note-perfect look at slavery that doesn't shy away from its horrors while remaining totally kid-appropriate. Beautifully written and deeply emotional.


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Oct 05, 2017

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