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Oh, Freedom!

Written by Francesco D'adamo

Key Stage 3 Family / Home Stories Historical Fiction Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

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This exciting adventure story follows a family of slaves in the USA in 1860 as they escape from a cotton plantation via the legendary Underground Railroad. An enthralling story of courage and resilience, centring on 10 year old Tommy, it will fascinate children who might not know much about this secret escape route into Canada that was used by as many as 100,000 people.

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Oh, Freedom! Synopsis

Ten-year-old Tommy roams the cotton fields of Alabama owned by the notorious Captain Archer. Intimidating guards with fierce dogs protect the land to prevent any slaves from leaving. That is until a supernatural spirit visits Tommy offering a way out. With his banjo slung over his shoulder, Peg Leg Joe guides Tommy, his family and other slaves out of Southern USA, and into Canada through the legendary Underground Railroads. Stretched for miles across the country's vastness, the network famously facilitated more than 100,000 slaves to a new life. For Tommy and his family, the escape is far from an easy ride. The young boy is forced to mature through this testing period, and allow his strong will to guide himself and others to safety under the guidance of Peg Leg Joe. Set in the 19th century, D'Adamo's well-constructed novel tells a story distant in time, remains grounded in a reality that still exists today. Millions of people across the globe continue to be enslaved, including children.

Oh, Freedom! Press Reviews

"A powerful and important story that won't fail to affect readers and set them thinking." --Books for Keeps

"This is fascinating reading, and I'm especially pleased to read about all the - mostly - anonymous help the fleeing slaves receive en route." --Bookwitch

"I particularly enjoyed the author's descriptive writing of the setting and conditions which the slaves encountered. He carefully uses the weather to enhance the feeling and sense of hope and dread of the characters." --www.thebookbag.co.uk

"Watch out for Oh, Freedom!, this gripping story about Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad, which helped slaves to freedom in the 19th century." --Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times

"The subject of American slavery is not often written about in children's books in the UK, and the story of how a song, Follow the Drinking Gourd, actually led people from Alabama to Canada is a very apposite primer in the time of Black Lives Matter." --Kitty Empire The Observer

Book Information

ISBN: 9781850772859
Publication date: 9th June 2016
Author: Francesco D'adamo
Publisher: Darf Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 138 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction, Personal Social Health Economic , Racism / Multi-Culturalism

About Francesco D'adamo

Francesco was born in Milan where he lives and works.  His parents were refugees from Istria, Croatia.  His first novel for young people Lupo Omega, was published in 1999 and short listed for three literary prizes, his third, Iqbal, 2001, was first published in English in 2003 and received the New York Christopher Award for Adolescents and the Cento Prize in Italy.  In 2004, Francesco won the International Reading Association Teachers’ Choices Booklist Prize.

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