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Publication Date: 11 May 2017
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)
AR: 4.1 UY
RRP £7.99 Save 26%
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Set in 19th century America, a mixed race runaway slave girl adopts a disguise as a white gentlemen to escape to freedom in the north.
It's 1848 in the Deep South of America. Rosa is a slave but her owner is also her father and her fair skin means she can 'pass for white'.
With the help of her husband Benjamin, she disguises herself as a young southern gentleman - and Benjamin's master. In this guise, the couple flee the South, explaining away their lack of literacy, avoiding those they have encountered before and holding their nerve over a thousand miles to freedom.
Inspired by the amazing true story of Ellen Craft who escaped a life of slavery through a daring disguise and won freedom for herself and her husband.
Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 13+
NOTE : Includes accurate historical usage of racist terminology, and discussion of physical and sexual abuse of slaves. Rosa becomes pregnant twice during the story but suffers miscarriages.