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Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man Hardcover – January 10, 2012


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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781426309373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426309373
  • ASIN: 1426309376
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Named one of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013 by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council!

About the Author

Dennis and Judy Fradin have published over 150 books for children, nearly all of them nonfiction. They are the recipients of many awards, most recently the 2004 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor book Award for The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. In 2005 they published 5,000 Miles to Freedom with The National Geographic Society. It was named a ALA Best Book for Young Adults among many other honors. 

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This was a very interesting read.
YoRo19
I plan to read every book published about slavery,slave runaways, and theri life after slavery.
susieq
Haven't seen the movie but the book is a great read.
Patricia Bemis

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Miller on May 19, 2013
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My ancestors would not speak of slavery stating it was too horrific. I believe one has to know one history to understand why things are the way they are today. This book offers a glimpse into African African-Americans strength, courage, and determination. Still today the mentality of some of our uneducated reflect behavior learned in slavery has been passed on through generations
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vandella on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A narrative about slavery and especially of a free African-American man enslaved is not an enjoyable reading journey. It's hard, tedious, agonizing and enduring such is the story of Solomon Northup. The Fradins' book is based on the movie, "Twelve Years a Slave," and the published narrative written by Northup himself by the same title. It is a true story about American slavery. The book paints a factual telling of Northup, a free black man of the North who is lured into slavery in the South in 1841. Simply written, well researched, retold with great patience and feelings of terror and injustice, the Fradins have included illustrations and an excellent chronology that tells of Northup's trails and tribulations as a slave.
I learned while reading this story that Northup's original narrative is published as public domain online at [...] and it is worth reading too! But, if you want to read a really good and documented resource about Solomon Northup's twelve years as a slave, I highly recommend this one.

Vandella Brown, Librarian/Author of What Is a Zawadi to We? (Lumenus 2007) http://www.amazon.com/Vandella-Brown/e/B001KCN9T6
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book combines a gripping (true!) story with outstanding visuals to create a compelling biography for junior high school kids. One of the things that is best about the book is the readable nature of the book, and the very high quality English usage. This book should be used by children -- it provides a wonderful model for how to WRITE about history.

Some parts of the story are terrifying -- parents of younger children should pre-read. There are whippings and sexual predation and panicked fear.

Simply outstanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Comanche ISD - Comanche ISD District Libraries on January 8, 2013
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Great! This will work well with our school. It will meet the needs of our students and faculty as required.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dospuercos on February 2, 2013
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Excellent insight into what life would have been like as an African American and having the day to day possiblity of having your whole world stolen. I love that this is a true story and reads as one. It shows the actual mistreatment of African American slaves. I read this book to my 9 year old son & had to skim over a few parts. But it brought up very good conversations about how African Americans were treated during slavery times. It helps us to realize that not only did Free African Americans have the reality of being stolen and having their whole life taken away, it also shows us how Africans were taken from their country and robbed of their life. It also goes into how there were some good masters and very cruel ones and shows how children were brought up to become slave owners and desensitized to cruel treatment of other human beings. One might wonder why white men could get away with stealing a free man and have no consequences for their crime. The book discusses how African Americans were unable to testify in the court system and that white men could concoct outrageous lies. These lies cast a shadow of a doubt upon the situation thus enabling guilty men to go free and receive no consequence for hideous crimes. Many parents may choose to brush over such a dark period of American History. However, I believe discussing these topics with my son helps me as a parent. We are able to talk about differences in people whether it be skin color, religious beliefs, or personality quirks. By talking about how we are not all alike, I can teach my son acceptance and love for all human beings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sold1 on January 22, 2014
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I didn't get a chance to see this movie while it was in the theaters. I look forward to watching it on DVD. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. Everybody should read this book and I would hope that it's apart of history class somewhere!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AM on August 22, 2013
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Excellent book! This book takes you on a journey of freedom and slavery and back again. It offers a window into the heartache of life as a slave. The book offers insight into not only the darkness of the people encountered, but also the goodness of those he encountered during this horrible nightmare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By library lady on March 26, 2013
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Good book great historical info Solomon preserved and won his rightful freedom. Love for his family kept him focused on his quest for justice
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