Prisoner for Liberty
From the Series On My Own History
James Forten knew how important freedom was. He was a free African American born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When the American Revolution started in 1776, James was too young to help fight for freedom from British rule. But in 1781, at age fifteen, he took a job on the Royal Louis, an American ship. A British warship soon captured the Royal Louis. James was taken prisoner. The British often sold African American prisoners into slavery. What would happen to James? Would he ever see his family again?
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Brand||On My Own Books|
|Imprint||First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Reading Counts! Level||2.5|
|Reading Counts! Points||3.0|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||JNF025190, JNF018010, JNF007020|
|Dimensions||5.875 x 8.5|
|Guided Reading Level||O|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.3|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||119038|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource|
“This inspiring, personal story will help draw early readers into U.S. history.” —Booklist
The Horn Book Guide
“The realistic illustrations give life to Forten’s tale.” —The Horn Book Guide
School Library Journal
“Although there may be fictionalization, a bibliography with primary sources suggests the depth of the author’s research. Orback’s paintings add to the narrative’s dramatic moments and provide period details. . .” —School Library Journal
Author: Marty Rhodes Figley
Marty Rhodes Figley is the author of sixteen books, mostly about her favorite subject—remarkable people from our country's past. She earned her B.A. in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Marty, whose two children are grown, lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Paul, and their Airedale terrier, Scarlett.
Illustrator: Craig Orback
Craig Orback is a freelance children's book illustrator living in the Northwest and received his B.F.A. in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1998. He has illustrated Nature's Paintbox, The Can Man, Keeping The Promise: A Torah's Journey, and other award-winning children's books. He teaches children's book illustration and oil painting at several local colleges. In his free time he enjoys painting landscapes and sharing his books with kids during school and library visits.
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On My Own History
With striking, full-page illustrations, real and fictionalized characters, and stories featuring events that really happened, these books capture readers’ interest and imagination. View available downloads →