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From the cover:
Harriet Hemings has always been happy in the comfortable, protected world that is Monticello. She's been well treated there; no one has ever called her a slave. But that is what she is, a slave of a man who wrote the Declaration of Independence. And there are rumors that she might be more that Thomas Jefferson's slave--she might be his daughter.
Now Harriet has to make a choice--to run to freedom or to stay. If she stays, she'll remain a slave. But how can she choose freedom, if it means leaving behind her family, her race, and the only home she's ever known?
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
"Rinaldi writes moving historical fiction, getting inside her characters, both black and white, and showing how slavery distorted their perceptions of themselves and each other." --Booklist
"This is a tantalizing book. It is history brought to life by a skillful and imaginative author." --Voice of Youth Advocates