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"The retelling of Solomon Northup's true story is a valuable contribution to black history. Readers of all ages will enjoy . . . this important account."

Dr. Charles A. Hicks, former Arkansas state supervisor of education

The best firsthand account of the slavery experience, this autobiographical story, originally published in 1853, has been rewritten to make it accessible to younger readers.

Northup, a family man and hack driver in upstate New York, was kidnapped, whisked away from his home, and sold into slavery. His remarkable telling of the epic journey from free man of color to slave to free man again is even more astonishing because it was written entirely from memory. As as slave, Northup was permitted neither pen nor paper, yet he was able to recall his ordeal in exacting detail.

Written for children aged nine through thirteen, this story of perseverance presents to children a personal side to the detached history of slavery.


Dr. Sue Eakin saw her first copy of Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave: 1841-1853 when she was twelve years old. Years later, as a graduate student at Louisiana State University, she chose the book as the topic for her thesis. A resident of Bunkie, Louisiana, near the plantation where the events in the book take place, Dr. Eakin also is coauthor of Pelican's textbook, Louisiana: The Land and Its People, now in its fourth edition.

ISBN: 1565543440; Author: Eakin, Sue ; Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Format: Paperback;