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In 1800, long before the Civil War, there was a slave uprising in Richmond, Virginia, and this stirring fictionalized biography imagines the life of the young rebel leader, Gabriel. Born a slave on a plantation, young Gabriel learns to read with the owner’s son, Thomas, and is trained as a blacksmith in town. But he also witnesses unspeakable brutality: his father is sold away, his mother is whipped, and when Thomas takes over as master, he refuses to allow Gabriel to marry fellow slave Nanny. Inspired by the slave revolt led by Touissant Louverture on Saint Domingue Island, 24-year-old Gabriel calls on his people to fight for freedom, and thousands follow him. With his blacksmith training, he helps forge swords from pitchforks and scythes, but the plot is discovered. The line between fact and fiction is not always clear: Are the slave-owner’s journal entries invented or archival documents? But the authentic newspaper reports put the history in context, and the thrilling role of the unrecognized young hero will grab teen readers. Grades 8-12. --Hazel Rochman
Amateau’s prose is appropriately passionate, but it’s tempered with disciplined restraint and moments of startling delicacy. Although the subject of this title will call to historical fiction readers who appreciate such thoughtful works as M. T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (BCCB 11/06), teens who approach history with the poetic insight of Marilyn Nelson will also find Amateau’s chronicle rewarding.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
The thrilling role of the unrecognized young hero will grab teen readers.
The story of Gabriel, a slave born in 1777, is told for the first time in Amateau’s historical fiction tale of his life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SunshineRose
It was a good story from the point of view of the slaves. It was well researched and fiction made believable.Published 11 months ago by Wat
I read this book with my middle-schooler for a historical fiction book report. We really enjoyed the story and the accurate historical story line. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Elisabeth F. Arnold
I liked the book. It flows well and gives much more information about daily life of slaves than I'd expected... Read morePublished 19 months ago by LRK
Gabriel is a slave that becomes an apprentice for a blacksmith. While he is attempting to make and save money, he is unable to purchase his love. Read more
I feel it's important to share history and bring characters to life; it's how we remember the good and bad of history. However, this book does not deliver. Read morePublished 20 months ago by kiwanissandy
I wasn't expecting to like this book, but as part of the vine program I tried it out and I really liked it! I'm giving it to my teenager next to read. High recommended.Published 20 months ago by MicheleLK
This is a fascinating story of a complicated time in our history and an equally complicated character inhabiting it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen Baker
Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel is a historical version of several historical events. Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Power