Rinkitink in Oz





Marauders have swept across the island kingdom of Pingaree, destroying, pillaging and capturing all the people for slaves. Except Prince Inga and the visiting King Rinkitink. Determined to rescue his parents and the people of Pingaree from slavery, Prince Inga sets off, with his visitor in tow.

Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The War Within





Hannah has grown up in Mississippi, never questioning the ownership of slaves. When General Grant expels all Jews from his district and Hannah experiences being treated as inferior, she begins to wonder.


The War Within by Carol Matas

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Henry Climbs a Mountain





I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least.” Thus Henry David Thoreau begins “Resistance to Civil Government.” And from an incident in Thoreau’s life we have…

Henry’s imagination remains free even while he is in jail for not paying taxes to a government that supports slavery.


Henry Climbs a Mountain by D.B. Johnson

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Alien Secrets




Hush is the first Shoowa to return home after generations of captivity and slavery. He carries his people’s symbol of freedom, a statuette called the Soowa’asha. When it is stolen, Hush is devastated, but he receives unexpected help from the humans Puck and Michael in the effort to recover his treasure.

Alien Secrets by Annette Curtis Klause

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The Unfortunate Son





It is 1501. Salah, despite his learning and feelings of cultural superiority, sees no problem in holding slaves. Luc disagrees. Although treated well, Luc yearns for his freedom and a chance to return home to France.


The Unfortunate Son by Constance Leeds

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When I Left My Village





The villagers hear of other Ethiopian Jews being beaten, sold as slaves and murdered. Father decides they will try to reach Israel, where they can be free. And so begins a long, dangerous journey to Sudan, because it is rumored that people are being taken to Israel from the refugee camps.


When I Left My Village by Maxine Rose Schur

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Elijah of Buxton





“…you ain’t never gonna know how much time you got here on earth and each day you’re free is precious.”


Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Healer’s Keep



Sliviia is a land ground down by slavery and oppression. Bellandra is being destroyed from within by a charming traitor. Two young people from each country combine their capabilities to prevent catastrophe for both countries.

Healer’s Keep by Victoria Hanley

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Citizen of the Galaxy





Sometimes slavery is being bought and sold, and sometimes slavery results from being bound by laws and social pressure until there are very few choices allowed. Thorby has experienced both. He also experiences freedom. Rescued by Baslim the Beggar, eventually Thorby travels the galaxy and pieces together Baslim’s story and his own.


Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein

Betsy Zane, the Rose of Fort Henry





Betsy Zane is alone in Revolutionary War Philadelphia after her Great-Aunt Elizabeth suddenly dies in 1781. At thirteen, she struggles with whether to free the house slaves before heading west to join her brothers in a settlement on the Ohio River. Who will take care of freed slaves? The answer she comes up with is not “The Government.”


Betsy Zane, the Rose of Fort Henry by Lynda Durrant

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