Sarah Checketts


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, freedom, slavery, literacy, biography

Document Type

Book Review


Frederick does not even know his own birthday. He was born on a plantation in a time when slavery was prevalent, and his living conditions are similar to those of work animals, though not as pleasant. His mother was taken from him at such a young age that he does not know her. When taken to Baltimore where he would serve in the home of his mistress’s brother-in-law, he meets the “first friendly white face” he’s ever seen. From her, Frederick begins learning to read. This changes his life forever. Frederick longs to be free like the ships he watches leave the harbor, and words will be the means to get him there.