A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859
In 1859 twelve-year-old Clotee, a house slave who must conceal the fact that she can read and write, records in her diary her experiences and her struggle to decide whether to escape to freedom.
"Clotee alive through touching and sobering details of slave life, told in such a matter-of-fact way that their often brutal nature is made abundantly clear. However, this is in no way a depressing book. In fact, it is an inspiring look at a young girl coming of age in terrible circumstances who manages to live life to the fullest." -- School Library Journal
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Patricia C. McKissack is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults. She is the author of two other Dear America books: Color Me Dark and Look to the Hills. She has also written many prestigious titles with her husband, Fredrick L. McKissack. They are currently working on the series The Clone Codes with their grown son, John McKissack.