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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Walter Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780545911061
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A gorgeously written account of a freeborn black boy sold into slavery during the Civil War; think Twelve Years a Slave for young adults. Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua’s latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He’s taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name—Friday—and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel’s journey from freedom to captivity, and back again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Walter masterfully constructs the world of the plantation and presents a large population of complex and distinctive characters, resulting in a rich, thought-provoking, and deeply satisfying book.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The first-person narrative fleshes out the character of Friday (his slave name), while the compelling style keeps readers turning pages…Descriptive language adds excitement and uncertainty to Samuel’s journey.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Samuel’s endearing, immersive narration makes the novel a fascinating and unforgettable account of a brutal and shameful chapter in America’s history. A heartbreaking story about family, justice, and the resilience of the human spirit.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Dion Graham’s soft voicing of thriteen-year-old Samuel brings out all the heartache in his young life…Graham’s expert pacing, inflection, and lightly accented speech capture the pathos of this intolerable situation, allowing listeners to feel the cruelty of being forced to live as the property of those who can even take away one’s own name. An excellent choice for middle grade units on slavery, the book and Graham’s narration will aid young people in the exploration of this shameful chapter in American history. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Walter is more known for photojournalism and middle-grade writing, but his first foray into young adult literature knocks it out of the park. Samuel’s journey is nuanced and engrossing, told in beautiful language and embellished with well-researched details.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Jon Walter is a former photojournalist with a special interest in social welfare issues. His debut middle grade novel, Close to the Wind, was chosen as the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week in the United Kingdom. My Name Is Not Friday is his young adult debut. He lives in East Sussex, England, with his family.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.