A top selected or recommended title by the Kansas State Reading Circle Commission.
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Subject/Category: Gr. 5-8
Year Reviewed:: 2012
Review: In telling the story of the sons of Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley reveals an ugly and hateful time in our nation's history. This powerful and well-researched book forces the reader to ponder many of the same questions as Jefferson's sons (and their sister and friends.) Can a person be great and still participate in evil? What does it mean to be truly free? Are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for everyone or just certain people? Bradley wisely shifts the point of view between three characters and provides an author's note to present a well-rounded story which will become one not easily forgotten by readers.