The man holding the slave girl let her fall to the ground. She was as limp as a wet cloth, but the thud she made striking the cobblestones turned Eliza’s stomach. Bartlett stared down at her and the look on his face was the purest mean Eliza had ever witnessed. His right moved back, ready to kick the girl in the belly.
“No!” Without thinking, Eliza threw herself over the girl’s body and braced herself.
“Eliza!” Ma’s cry sounded above her head.
Eliza’s eyes were fixed on the toe of Bartlett’s boot swinging toward her head.
Eleven-year-old Eliza Scott isn’t a slave, but she’s not free either. For one thing, her father, the famous Dred Scott, is suing his master for her family’s freedom. But Eliza is also caught up in other overwhelming struggles — a devastating cholera epidemic, the wrath of a rich and resourceful slave catcher and the worst fire in St. Louis history. Will Liza be willing and able to pay the price for freedom?
Freedom’s Price is the second book in the Hidden Histories series about young people in middle of little-known moments in American history. Based on actual events and people, the book is extensively researched and includes an authors’ note, archival images and a bibliography.
- Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Books
- Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
- Grateful American Prize – Honorable Mention
- Missouri State Teachers Association Recommended Books
- Published: October 2015
- Ages: 9 -12
- Grades: 4 -7
- Pages: 224
- Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
- ISBN: 1-62091-624-7
- ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-432-7
- List Price: $17.95