The Listeners (Tales of Young Americans Series)
Ella May lives on a plantation but she doesn't live in the great house. She is a slave.
It's dark in the morning when Ella May heads to the fields to pick cotton. And it's sunset when she comes home. But her day isn't done, not yet.
Ella May still has important work to do. She's got to listen.
Each night Ella May and her friends, Bobby and Sue, listen outside the windows of their master's house. Acting as the ears of their families, the children listen in the hopes of gleaning information about their fates and those of their loved ones. Who will be sold? Who will stay? What is happening in the rest of the country?
The lives of slaves depended on the whims and inclinations of their owners. They had no control over the circumstances of their daily lives or futures. But they could dream.
And when the promise of freedom is spoken, the children are the first to hear it.
Award-winning author Gloria Whelan's quiet, poignant story brings to life the heartbreaking reality of what life as a slave was like for the youngest members of society.
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- Book Quality:
- Book Size:
- 44 Pages
- Sleeping Bear Press
- Date of Addition:
- Copyrighted By:
- Gloria Whelan
- Adult content:
Literature and Fiction
- Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, First grade, Second grade, Third grade, Fourth grade, Fifth grade, Sixth grade
- Submitted By:
- Jamie Yates
- Proofread By:
- Valerie Maples
- Usage Restrictions:
This is a copyrighted book.