To Be a Slave
published in 2000
1 Award


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, 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 Awards: 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