To Be a Slave Author:Julius Lester To be a slave. To be owned by another person, as a car, house, or a table is owned. To live as a piece of property that could be sold... — This book is about how it felt. The words of black men and women who had themselves been slaves are here, accompanied by Julius Lester's historical commentary and Tom Feelings's powerful and muted paintings, <... more »em>To Be a Slave has been a touchstone in children's literature for over thirty years.
"It is rare to find a book that enables children to identify as compellingly with slaves as this one does." --Publishers Weekly
"From history-and for our time-there's nothing better than To Be a Slave." --The New York Times Book Review
A 1969 Newbery Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Smithsonian Magazine Best Book of the Year« less
This book is about how it felt. The words of black men and women who had themselves been slaves are here, accompanied by Julius Lester's historical commentary and Tom Feelings's powerful and muted paintings, To Be a Slave has been a touchstone in children's literature for over thirty years.
Although this book is listed for young adults it is written in fact for adults also. Very interesting first hand accounts of the lives of slaves prior to the civil war. Their stories are told with much emotion in their own words. I had a hard time getting thru many of the pages without tears. Their shared memories are as painful for the reader as they are for the one remembering. Each story that you read is different. Each person that you read about is real. Names were furnished when possible. Extremely moving book. I have never read anything quite like this one. This is not a book for young children.