Amina Luqman Dawson's 'Freewater' was a real eye-opener. This middle-grade novel takes you on a wild ride with a family of enslaved people who break free to live in a community of free black people in a swamp. Talk about survival skills! The two kids in this story have to band together with other youngsters to protect their community and rescue their loved ones.
The author did an outstanding job of painting a realistic picture of what life was like for slaves while also highlighting some of the brave souls who fought against their oppressors. It's a crucial reminder for both kids and adults about the horrors of slavery and the ongoing fight against racism. But what I loved most about this book was how it instills values of respect for each other and our environment. All in all, 'Freewater' is a powerful story that will stick with you long after you've turned the final page..