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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Book Biography
  • Library Binding: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823420566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823420568
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,597,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–"All good men have lost a comrade in the fight for the legal emancipation of one race and the spiritual emancipation of all." In 1892, these were the words used to describe the "Noble Life" of Frederick Douglass, a man from the humblest of beginnings who became a powerful and prolific opponent of slavery and injustice. With careful attention to historical detail, Adler presents a compelling exploration of Douglass's personal journey as well as an examination of his astute observations of the psychological effects of the institution of slavery on both the enslaved and the masters. A standout in the book is the description of the brutality of Douglass's childhood as a slave with an account of his near starvation and physical abuse that clearly demonstrates what ignited his passion for freedom for himself and others. A meeting between himself as an adult and one of his former masters is particularly mesmerizing. Photographs and engravings of Douglass at work, with his family, his home, and the office where he printed his famous newspaper, The North Star, remind readers that he was a real person, vulnerable and yet hopeful in his determination that all people would experience freedom. This well-written and absorbing read is an important inclusion for all collections. Extensive notes, important dates, and a thorough index are appended.Margaret Auguste, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ
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*Starred Review* Adler, the author of more than 200 books for young readers, has now written a thoroughly researched, lucidly written biography of the great Frederick Douglass. Born a slave in 1817 or 1818 (the date is uncertain), Douglass fled to freedom in 1838 and subsequently became one of America's most celebrated abolitionists, orators, and passionate champions of freedom for African Americans. His autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845, became a best-seller and catapulted him to fame. Of course, any story of Douglass is also the story of slavery, and Adler does an excellent job of exploring the atrocities and dehumanizing indignities that America's “peculiar institution” visited on those who lived in slavery. As demonstrated by Adler's generous use of quotations from Douglass' own writings, many of the most dramatic of these abominations are the ones that Douglass himself suffered both before and after he became a free man. Though Adler may sometimes be too much an advocate for Douglass, giving too little attention to some of the many controversies that visited Douglass' life and career, he nevertheless clearly demonstrates that Douglass was, indeed, one of the great men of the nineteenth century. Grades 6-10. --Michael Cart

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I write both fiction and non-fiction. I begin my fiction with the main character. The story comes later. Of course, since I'll be spending a lot of time with each main character, why not have him or her be someone I like? Andy Russell is based, loosely, on a beloved member of my family. He's fun to write about and the boy who inspired the character is even more fun to know. Cam Jansen is based even more loosely on a classmate of mine in the first grade whom we all envied because we thought he had a photographic memory. Now, especially when my children remind me of some promise they said I made, I really envy Cam's amazing memory. I have really enjoyed writing about Cam Jansen and her many adventures. For my books of non-fiction I write about subjects I find fascinating. My first biography was Our Golda: The Life of Golda Meir. To research that book, I bought a 1905 set of encyclopedia. Those books told me what each of the places Golda Meir lived in were like when she lived there. I've written many other biographies, including books about Martin Luther King, Jr; George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Helen Keller; Harriet Tubman; Anne Frank; and many others in my Picture Book Biography series. I've been a Yankee and a Lou Gehrig fan for decades so I wrote Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. It's more the story of his great courage than his baseball playing. Children face all sorts of challenges and it's my hope that some will be inspired by the courage of Lou Gehrig. I am working now on another book about a courageous man, Janusz Korczak. My book One Yellow Daffodil is fiction, too, but it's based on scores of interviews I did with Holocaust survivors for my books We Remember the Holocaust, Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, and Hiding from the Nazis. The stories I heard were compelling. One Yellow Daffodil is both a look to the past and to the future, and expresses my belief in the great spirit and strength of our children. I love math and was a math teacher for many years, so it was fun for me to write several math books including Fraction Fun, Calculator Riddles, and Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons. In my office I have this sign, "Don't Think. Just Write!" and that's how I work. I try not to worry about each word, even each sentence or paragraph. For me stories evolve. Writing is a process. I rewrite each sentence, each manuscript, many times. And I work with my editors. I look forward to their suggestions, their help in the almost endless rewrite process. Well, it's time to get back to dreaming, and to writing, my dream of a job. David A. Adler is the author of more than 175 children's books, including the Young Cam Jansen series. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richie Partington VINE VOICE on August 13, 2010
Format: Library Binding
"On New Year's Day 1863, Frederick Douglass was in Boston. He and more than three thousand others, mostly African Americans, had crowded into Tremont Temple, a Baptist church sometimes used for public events. They were excited, anxiously waiting news from Washington. Close to midnight, someone rushed from the telegraph office with a message. The long-awaited Emancipation Proclamation had become law."

To internalize the eighty-six pages of FREDERICK DOUGLASS: A NOBLE LIFE that precede this particular passage is to understand what the Emancipation Proclamation becoming law really meant. Reading these pages that so graphically detail the nightmarish, sometimes lethal brutality to which Frederick Douglass and countless other slaves were subjected daily, makes all the difference in our ability to really grasp the true effect of that particular moment in history upon millions of American lives. In fact, I have to think that the impact of the Proclamation upon America far exceeded the import of Pearl Harbor or walking on the moon or 9/11. With the enactment of the Proclamation's provisions the lives of slaves were changed far more than were the lives of free whites when the Declaration of Independence was signed on the fourth of July in 1776.

Having being raised a slave who learned to read and write, Frederick Douglass escaped to became one of the most articulate and significant Americans of the nineteenth century. David Adler repeatedly quotes from the wealth of words spoken publicly and written by Douglass over the course of his lifetime. The author also presents relevant, parallel highlights of American history so that readers can better understand the political and social climate in which Douglass was living -- as a slave, as an escaped slave, and as a free man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on June 1, 2010
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Frederick Douglass, a brilliant author, speaker, journalist, and activist, spent his childhood and teenage years enslaved in Maryland. Not only did he endure the oppression of having to work as a slave without any of the privileges enjoyed by whites, he was also subjected to physical violence, hunger, and other forms of brutality at the hands of several particularly cruel owners.

Escape by train to the northern states brought Douglass the precious freedom he had craved for years, but life was very difficult for a fugitive slave with no home, no job, and virtually no money. Douglass took a variety of odd jobs until his speaking skills caught the attention of noted abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. After their meeting, Douglass began to use his gifts with words to contribute to the abolitionist cause and raise awareness about the atrocities of slavery. He spent the rest of his life advocating for racial equality, women's rights, and social justice.

This new biography provides a highly readable and informative account of Frederick Douglass's life as an enslaved child and long-term opponent of institutionalized discrimination. His influential speeches, publications, and actions made an invaluable contribution to the end of slavery and the promotion of human rights for all. This contribution shines through in the book's comprehensible text, candid subject matter, and striking selection of images.
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