Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery
By William Miller
Illustrated by Cedric Lucas
Born into slavery young Frederick dreams of the day he and his people will be free. Yet until that day comes, his only escape is through the books he reads, which take him to worlds far from his own.
When a menacing overseer named Covey sees that Frederick is different from the others, he sets out to "break" the young reader. But Frederick's surprising response to Covey's brutality is an act of courage that frees forever what no person can hold captive: his spirit
In his picture book debut, fine artist Cedric Lucas a hauntingly realistic portrait of a cruel era. William Miller follows up his critically acclaimed Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree with a timeless reminder to readers of all ages and backgrounds that freedom is something to never be taken for granted.
About the Creators
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.
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.
About This Title
Children's Books of Distinction Award
Hungry Mind Review
Notable Children's Book
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
Interest Level:Grades 2 - 5
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 3
Nonfiction, United States History, Slavery, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, History, Forgiveness, Discrimination, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bullying, African/African American Interest, Biography/Memoir, Empathy/Compassion, Integrity/Honesty , Leadership, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride
Part of These Collections
African American English Collection Grades 3-6, African American English Collection Middle School, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Biography and Memoir Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, English Guided Reading Level R, Nonfiction Grades 3-6, Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Collection, Black History Collection, Grades 3-6, High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), Persistence and Determination Collection, Courage and Bravery Collection, Grit & Perseverance Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection, Social Activism Collection, Social Activism Collection Grades 6-8