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John Newbery Medal Winner!

Coretta Scott King Award Winner!

New York Times Bestseller List!

Indie Bestseller List!

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."


"This is storytelling at its finest. Dawson's voice and the voices of her cast will linger long after the last page is closed."

--Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor Book The Underneath

After fleeing the plantation where they are enslaved, 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.

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