Author: Lesa CLINE-RANSOME
Year Reviewed:: 2014
Review: This historical fiction picture book, a first person narrative told by a young slave girl, tells us about pit schools - dug by slaves and covered with branches - where, in the dead of the night, they gathered to learn to read and write. They were under threat of a whipping if they were caught - a lash for every letter they learned. The author adds the quote by Frederick Douglas at the end of the book, "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." This is an outstanding informative book.