Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery

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$10.95  $10.18
Lee & Low Books
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8.3 X 9.8 X 0.2 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

William Miller is the award-winning author of numerous books for children for Lee & Low. Mr. Miller lives in York, Pennsylvania, where he teaches African American literature and creative writing at York College.

Cedric Lucas is the illustrator of Night Golf and Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery (Lee & Low, 1995). He is also a contributing illustrator to America: My Land, Your Land, Our Land. He teaches art to middle school students in Bronx, NY, and lives in Yonkers, New York, with his wife and their two children.


"The success of this penetrating book lies in Miller's ability to convincingly convey the abolitionist Frederick Douglass's thoughts and feelings during his formative years as a plantation slave; and in Miller's focus on the limited-and pivotal -period of youth. The result is a searing, personal story that is easily absorbed by young readers." -- Publishers Weekly

"A powerful introduction to [Frederick Douglass] and to the tragedy of slavery. . .. Miller depicts a set of culminating events that reveal the personal strength that carries a young person forward to notable achievement as an adult. . . Lucas's vigorous figures set against richly colored and textured backgrounds effectively illuminate this thought-provoking biographical tale." -- The Horn Book

"A candid revelation of the cruelties of slavery, and an introduction to the early years of the famed abolitionist." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Miller's narrative is movingly rendered. . .. Lucas's pictures done in pastel on paper treated with pumice and gesso bring the well-told and very human account to life.. Readers will relate to the story's powerful message about the meaning of physical and spiritual freedom." -- School Library Journal

"The author and the illustrator have created an essential introduction to one of this country's greatest heroes." -- Smithsonian Magazine

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People - Passaic County Community College