Light in the Darkness: A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret
by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by James Ransome
Publication Date: Jan 29, 2013
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Jump At The Sun
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
Parent Company: Jump At The Sun
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Rosa and her mama go to school together-in the dark of night, silently, afraid that any noise they hear is a patroller on the lookout for escaped slaves. Their school is literally a hole in the ground, where they and other slaves of all ages gather to form letters out of sticks, scratch letters in the dirt, and pronounce their sounds in whispers. Young Rosa is eager to learn the letters and then the words, because after the words comes reading. But she must have patience, her mama reminds her, and keep her letters to herself when she’s working on the plantation. If the Master catches them, it’ll mean a whipping-one lash for each letter. No matter how slow and dangerous the process might be, Rosa is determined to learn, and pass on her learning to others.
- Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 19Th Century
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Juvenile Fiction / School & Education
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