Born into slavery young Frederick dreams of the day he and his
people will be free. Yet until that day comes, his only escape is
through the books he reads, which take him to worlds far from his
When a menacing overseer named Covey sees that Frederick is
different from the others, he sets out to "break" the young reader.
But Frederick's surprising response to Covey's brutality is an act
of courage that frees forever what no person can hold captive: his
In his picture book debut, fine artist Cedric Lucas a hauntingly
realistic portrait of a cruel era. William Miller follows up his
critically acclaimed Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree with a
timeless reminder to readers of all ages and backgrounds that
freedom is something to never be taken for granted.
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