Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi

Everyone knows that at the end of the Civil War in the United States all the slaves were set free. But in Texas slaveholders decided not to tell this news to their slaves and many of them were held by their owners for several years longer. Come Juneteenth is the story of Luli, a young girl in a slaveholding family, and Sis Goose, a light-skinned slave who has been raised as a member of the family. Even though Sis has been raised as a sister to Luli and plans to marry Luli's brother, they don't tell her that she is free. When Sis finds out this secret she feels so betrayed that she begins a series of events that will lead the entire family away from home and into extreme danger.

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