Writing for Freedom

A Story about Lydia Maria Child

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Lydia Maria Child grew up in the 1800s reading countless books. She defied the idea that girls weren’t supposed to fill their minds with ideas and stories. They weren’t supposed to write their own books, either, but that is exactly what Lydia Maria did. Although she gained remarkable success as a writer for children and adults, she sacrificed everything when she took up her pen against slavery. Lydia Maria believed that slavery was wrong—and she wasn’t afraid to say so. As a result, her courageous words changed her life and helped change the course of American history.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 2001
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2001-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007110, JNF007120, JNF007030
Dewey 818'.309
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 8.5
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47483
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides


School Library Journal

“Both books [Writing for Freedom and Remember the Ladies] draw on primary sources and support the view that these two women influenced history through their writings and beliefs. These titles should interest students not yet ready to handle more in-depth treatments.”
School Library Journal

Author: Erica Stux

Illustrator: Mary O'Keefe Young

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →