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About Amina

Amina Luqman Dawson loves using writing to tell stories and to build an understanding of race, culture and community. Her published writing includes op-eds in newspapers, magazine articles, travel writing and book reviews.  She’s authored the pictorial history book Images of America: African Americans of Petersburg (Arcadia Publishing). She’s worked as a policy professional, researcher and consultant on issues of education and criminal justice. She has a BA in Political Science from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She’s a proud mother of a 13-year-old son.  She, her husband and son reside in Arlington, VA. Freewater is her debut novel. 

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February 2022

After fleeing the plantation where they are enlsaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world.

   Five Starred Reviews for FREEWATER! 

               Kirkus Starred Review! 

           "An exceptional addition to the resistance stories of enslaved people."

              School Library Connection Starred Review!

           "...filled with both hope and joy..."


            Horn Book Starred Review!

           "..[an] engrossing, multi-perspective debut novel. "


           Publisher's Weekly Starred Review!

           "..[a] wholly accessible novel of enslavement and resistance."

            Booklist Starred Review! 

           "This lyrical story of hope, strength, and ingenuity will be gobbled up by young history buffs and adventure lovers."

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