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After seven-year-old Lavinia is orphaned on the journey from Ireland to the United States, she begins work in the kitchen house of a tobacco plantation and bonds with the slaves who become her adopted family, but when Lavinia is accepted into the big house, her loyalties are challenged.
Honor to the Hills by Eileen Charbonneau
Call Number: FIC CHA
Publication Date: 1997-11-15
The harmony of Lily's life in the hill settlement of Stony Clove in 1851 is shattered when she learns her family has been working as conductors on the Underground Railroad and their services are needed to rescue a neighbor who has been captured by slave catchers.
The Captive by Joyce Hansen
Call Number: FIC HAN
Publication Date: 1994-01-01
Kofi's safe world is suddenly shattered by white men who have arrived from the coast, stealing his people to sell into slavery. Soon Kofi finds himself being led in chains from his African village to a cold farm in New England.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Call Number: FIC LEE
Publication Date: 2015-03-17
A Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician; not an easy thing if you are a girl, and harder still if you are Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Call Number: FIC KID
Publication Date: 2014-01-07
"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid and follows the next thirty-five years of their lives"--Provided by publisher
Day of Tears by Julius Lester
Call Number: FIC LES
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Presents an historical fiction written in first-person format that follows Emma, the slave of Pierce Butler, through a series of events in her life as her master hosts the largest slave auction in American history in Savannah, Georgia in 1859 in order to pay off his mounting gambling debts.
Letters from a Slave Girl by Mary E. Lyons
Call Number: FIC LYO
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842.
A Spirit to Ride the Whirlwind by Athena V. Lord
Call Number: FIC LOR
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
Twelve-year-old Binnie, whose mother runs a company boarding house in Lowell, Massachusetts, begins working in a textile mill and is caught up in the 1836 strike of women workers.
Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
Call Number: FIC HEG
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
In 1848 Willow, a fifteen-year-old educated slave girl girl faces an inconceivable choice--between bondage and and freedom, family and love--as free born, seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, takes it upon himself to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can on the Mason-Dixon Line.