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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Revised edition (October 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565543440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565543447
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Solomon Northup was torn from his family in Saratoga Springs, New York, and thrust into a life of servitude in Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana. Northup, a well-educated and modestly successful family man, made his living as a fiddler and carpenter. When work grew scarce, Northup was tricked into traveling to Washington, DC, hoping to earn money for his family. There, he was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery. For Northup, coming from a life of freedom and comparative privilege, slavery was intolerable. This powerful, first-person account, rewritten for younger readers, personalizes the experience of millions of slaves.

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Dr. Sue Eakin saw her first copy of Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave: 1841-1853 when she was twelve years old. Years later, as a graduate student at Louisiana State University, she chose the book as the topic for her thesis. Dr. Eakin was also a co-author of Pelican's textbook Louisiana: The Land and Its People. She passed away in 2009.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Fiske on May 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
For the record: I was slightly acquainted with the late Sue Eakin, the author of this book, and assisted her slightly on another of her books. This book, intended for young readers, is an easy-to-read re-telling of Northup's story. It actually would be appropriate for anyone who wants to quickly absorb the tale. (Northup's own book, Twelve Years a Slave, is readily available, but its 19th Century phraseology could put off some readers.) As someone who has researched Northup, and spoken and written about him, I am closer to the details than most readers would be. There are a few typos and inaccuracies in this work, but they do not impair understanding Northup's experiences. The illustrations help to frame the story, but are not of the highest quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Linzy on March 21, 2005
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This is an excellent interpretation for kids of my Grandfather's book "TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE". Professor Sue Eakin also participated in editing Grandfather Solomon's original book as a Professor at Lousiana State University. Now, I can give my 10 year old Granddaughter an excellent family history book.My Granddaughter became so engrossed with the Kids edition that she used it for a school project.
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