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Inspired by a true story, the riveting novel of a young slave girl's harrowing escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
The moment Ann Maria Weems was born, her freedom was stolen from her. Like her family and the other slaves on the farm, Ann works from sunup to sundown and obeys the orders of her master. Then one day, Ann's family -- the only joy she knows -- is gone. Just 12 years old, Ann is overcome by grief, struggling to get through each day. And her only hope of stealing back her freedom and finding her family lies in a perilous journey: the Underground Railroad.
Ann Maria Weems was an actual slave who lived in the mid-1800s near the author's home in Maryland.
I'd like to talk about historical fiction. This genre takes real events from history, compiles several experiences of real people into one story. Sometimes the story follows one real person, other times it follows that time/event in history. I absolutely love to learn this way. There is a plethora of books in this genre. A few of my favorites are "Call Me Mr. Tucket" "Number the Stars" "Hattie Big Sky" "Walk Two Moons" and so many more.
Just like last month, you do not have to read in this genre, but it is one you need to try at some point this year.
These are the requirements I will be looking for this month.
1. Title at the top of the page formatted correctly with capital letters.
2. Author's name below the title
3. Your name below the author's name
4. How many pages were in this book, were there any historical notes at the end? (only needed for historical fiction books)
5. Secret number
6. What you felt the theme of this book was.
THEME: the theme of a book is the message the author is trying to send without saying it in words. For example, many books talk about hardships a character has gone through therefore, one may conclude the author is telling his readers to not give up when things get hard.