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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: Tonya Cherie Hegamin Narrator: Janina Edwards Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781480585614
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It is 1848.

On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old Willow, her master’s favorite servant. She’s been taught to read and has learned to write. She is permitted to spend much of her time riding her horse to the riverbank, where she writes letters to her dead mother. On the other side of the line is seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, free born. It’s his personal mission to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can. He does it both because he abhors slavery and to prove to his father that he is a man. When Willow’s and Cato’s lives intersect, they will discover the true meanings of bondage and freedom, of family and love.

Tonya Cherie Hegamin’s moving coming-of-age story is a poignant meditation on the many ways a person can be enslaved and the force of will necessary to be truly emancipated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A solid historical foundation, strong characterizations, and lyrical descriptions highlight Hegamin’s rich novel…Tension and suspense infuse the book, but build most effectively in the final scenes, when freedom seems unattainable. Engrossing and educational.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hegamin has crafted a suspenseful coming-of-age novel filled with captivating and poetic language. Character building is strong, and Willow's growth and transformation is both heartbreaking and inspirational. A must-read for those who enjoy historical fiction.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Arresting story, richly historical, with an engaging narrator and well-drawn secondary characters…gripping.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Tonya Cherie Hegamin is the author of the young adult novel M+O 4EVR and the co-author with Marilyn Nelson of Pemba’s Song. Her picture book Most Loved in All the World, illustrated by Cozbi Cabrera, won a Christopher Award and an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She is the creative writing coordinator at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.
About the Narrator

Janina Edwards, voice talent and audiobook narrator, is a graduate of the acting program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.