Calico Girl - Jerdine Nolen

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When 11 slaveholding states formed the Confederacy in 1861, abolitionists declared that United States laws no longer applied in secessionist lands. This included the Fugitive Slave Law, which required that escaped slaves be returned to their owners. Calico Girl (Simon & Schuster, $16.99) follows twelve-year-old Callie and her family, who flee to a Union Army outpost in Virginia that harbors and educates refugee slaves in defiance of the Confederacy’s continued enforcement of the law. Their sudden independence brings hope and opportunity, but also poses unexpected challenges. Based on true accounts, Jerdine Nolen’s nuanced depiction of the community of Fortress Monroe during the Civil War highlights the power of education and self-determination. Ages 8-12.


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ISBN: 9781481459815
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 14th, 2017

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