Speak a word for freedom : women against slavery (#0730CVX)

by Willen, Janet

7 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover Tundra Books, 2015
Price: USD 20.17
Description: vii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: 326.8; Audience: Young Adult
AR 8.3 MG 9 176925EN
From the publisher: Age 12
From Booklist: Grades 7-10; Kirkus: Ages 12-16; PW: Ages 12-up; read the full-text reviews


From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-196) and index.;Elizabeth Freeman -- Elizabeth Heyrick -- Ellen Craft -- Harriet Tubman -- Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Frances Anne Kemble -- Alice Seeley Harris -- Kathleen Simon -- Fredericka Martin -- Timea Nagy -- Micheline Slattery -- Hadijatou Mani -- Sheila Roseau -- Nina Smith. Tells the stories of fourteen women who have fought against human trafficking and child slavery, including Alice Seeley Harris, the British missionary whose graphic photographs of mutilated Congolese rubber slaves in 1904 galvanized a nation, and Hadijatou Mani, the Nigerian woman who successfully sued her own government in 2008 for failing to protect her from slavery.

From the Publisher
From the early days of the antislavery movement, when political action by women was frowned upon, British and American women were tireless and uncompromising campaigners for abolition; without their efforts, emancipation could have taken decades longer. As Gunn and Willen's other collaborative nonfiction title for young people, Five Thousand Years of Slavery (Tundra, 2011) demonstrates, slavery still exists in the modern world. What Speak a Word for Freedom shows is that so do indefatigable female campaigners.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Tundra Books
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: 326.8
  • Classifications: Collective Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: vii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Tracings: Gann, Marjorie, author.
  • ISBN-10: 1-77049-651-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-77049-651-4
  • LCCN: 2014-939465
  • Follett Number: 0730CVX
  • Audience: Young Adult
  • Age: 12
  • Booklist: Grades 7-10
  • Kirkus: Ages 12-16
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 12-up
  • ATOS Book Level: 8.3
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 9
  • AR Quiz: 176925EN

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 10/15/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/16
  • Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/15
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 08/24/15
  • Resource Links, 10/01/15
  • School Library Connection, 04/01/16
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) starred, 08/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (October 15, 2015 (Vol. 112, No. 4))
Grades 7-10. More than two dozen women who have acted to bring an end to slavery are presented here in their own words, archival images, and engaging and analytical narrative biographies. Beginning with the eighteenth century, when Elizabeth Freeman won her case for freedom on the basis of the new Massachusetts state constitution, the narrative moves to various black and white abolitionists active in America and Britain during the nineteenth century. More contemporary battles for freedom include twentieth- and twenty-first-century women working to end slavery in China, Niger, the Caribbean, and among rug makers in Afghanistan, India, and Nepal. In the varied, informative, and clearly written accounts, Willen and Gann address each woman’s personality, opportunities, and accomplishments. With the exceptions of Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe, most of the women featured will be new to most readers. The powerful message, that the fight to end slavery is ongoing and depends on a wide variety of actions and individuals, will both educate teens on this important issue and inspire them to take active roles in civic life.

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