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Taking Liberty: The Story of Oney Judge, George Washington's Runaway Slave

Oney Judge is a slave. But on the plantation of Mount Vernon, the beautiful home of George and Martha Washington, she is not called a slave. She is referred to as a servant, and a house servant at that -- a position of influence and respect. She becomes personal servant to Lady Washington, her closest confidante and for all intents and purposes, a member of the family -- or so she thinks.

Slowly, Oney's perception of her life with the Washingtons begins to crack as she realizes the truth: No matter what it's called, it's still slavery and she's still a slave.

Oney must make a choice. Does she stay where she is -- comfortable, with this family that has loved her and nourished her and owned her since the day she was born? Or does she take her liberty -- her life -- into her own hands...?

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"Rinaldi seamlessly weaves history and strong characters, from the mansion house to the servants' quarters, to offer a balanced portrait of their complex and contradictory interactions.... This memorable heroine and novel offer a thought-provoking exploration of the courage needed to grasp freedom." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Oney's narrative allows her own development to be revealed gradually, to let readers view the emerging nation and other characters from her almost naive point of view. The result is a subtle portrait of early American politics, of George and Martha people and as public figures, while providing a glimpse of 18th-century life." -- School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Author Ann Rinaldi
ISBN 068985188X
Publication Date Jan 6, 2004
Publisher Simon Pulse
Language English