Grades 6 - 9
Grade level Equivalent: 6
Lexile® Measure: 1060L
Guided Reading: Y
- Autobiography and Biography
- Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
- Determination and Perseverance
- African American
About This Book
One Man's Terrifying Journey from Freedom to Slavery and Back Again!
The incredible true story of a free, educated New Yorker and the 12 years he was held captive as a slave.
For free blacks living in the United States during the time of slavery, being kidnapped and shipped to the South was the worst nightmare. But that's exactly what happened to Solomon Northup, who awoke one night with a splitting headache and his hands and feet in chains. In this moving and inspiring book, award-winning authors Judith and Dennis Fradin bring Northup's amazing story to life, documenting his anguish at being forced to work as a slave for 12 years, his undying hope for escape, and his joy at regaining his freedom and his name.
"An excellent and important introduction to a man who went from freedom to slavery and back again." — Kirkus Reviews