FREEWATER Blog Tour
Welcome to my stop of the @TBRandBeyondTours Freewater Blog Tour. I’m excited to spotlight and review Freewater on my blog so let’s dive in:
Debut author Amina Luqman Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children’s escape from a plantation and the many ways they find freedom.
After an entire young life of enslavement, twelve-year-old Homer escapes Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada, leaving his beloved mother behind. Much as he adores her and fears for her life, Homer knows there’s no turning back, not with the overseer on their trail. Through tangled vines, secret doorways, and over a sky bridge, the two find a secret community called Freewater, deep in the recesses of the swamp.
In this new, free society made up of escaped slaves and some born-free children, Homer cautiously embraces a set of spirited friends, almost forgetting where he came from. But when he learns of a threat that could destroy Freewater, he hatches a plan to return to Southerland plantation, overcome his own cautious nature, and free his mother from enslavement. Loosely based on a little-mined but important piece of history, this is an inspiring and deeply empowering story of survival, love, and courage.
FREEWATER Blog Tour Mini Book Review by Sheaf & Ink
FREEWATER is an extraordinary piece of writing.
Debut author Amina Luqman-Dawson’s story is one that shines bright in the resistance of enslaved people. Luqman-Dawson shares a neglected part of American history with young readers. And her well researched fiction gives readers a landscape of Sothern swamps and those who fled for its safety. She paints these scenes in bright, bold, and vibrant colors filling it with indelible characters readers will root for and remember.
Balancing truths and the realities of enslavement with hope and courage, Luqman-Dawson eloquently crafts prose that at times have these intense moments, yet conveys a powerful message about courage, the bonds of family, and the will to survive.
A must read.
Happy Reading ~ Cece
RATING: – Exceptionally Inked
Read My Full Review: FREEWATER
Author Amina Luqman-Dawson
Pages 416 Pages
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Genre & Keywords American Historical Fiction
Part of a Series? No
Source & Format NetGalley, Digital Copy
Publication Date February 1, 2022 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
About the Author
Amina Luqman Dawson is the author of the pictorial history book Images of America: African Americans of Petersburg (Arcadia Publishing). Her op-eds on race and popular culture have appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She’s a proud mother of a 12-year-old son. Amina, her husband, and her son reside in Arlington, VA.
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