Thursday, April 7, 2011

Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer

Written by Linda Lowery

First line: Clara Brown made her way past barrels of dried fish.

Why you should read this book: A former slave who bought her own freedom with her own money, Clara Brown never forgot the daughter who she saw sold away from her when the little girl was only ten, and in 1959, Brown goes all the way to Colorado to search for her child. Overcoming racism and the rigors of the frontier, she becomes a wealthy woman who spends most of her fortune helping former slaves build new lives after the Civil War. Shortly before her death, she is reunited with her adult daughter, for a satisfying conclusion to this easy-to-read biography for children.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You give up easily.

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