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|Never caught, the story of Ona Judge : George and Martha Washington's courageous slave who dared to run away|
Author: Dunbar, Erica Armstrong
The eye-opening narrative of George and Martha Washington's runaway slave, who risked everything for a better life.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.90
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 500185
Kirkus Reviews (+) (12/15/18)
School Library Journal (+) (00/12/18)
Booklist (+) (06/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2019 *Starred Review* Based on Dunbar’s National Book Award Nonfiction Finalist Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017), this young reader’s edition vividly captures the story’s drama and its period setting, while depicting individuals’ conflicting and gradually changing views of slavery during the late 1700s. Judge, born into slavery at Mount Vernon, grew up serving as Martha Washington’s personal servant and seamstress until the day she quietly walked out of the President’s House in Philadelphia, boarded a ship, and sailed to New Hampshire. Despite repeated attempts to find her and return her to slavery, Ona continued to live as free woman until she died many years later. A history professor researching American women of African descent in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Dunbar imparts a good deal of information, but the writing weaves the facts so tightly into the fabric of the narrative that they are pertinent, easily absorbed, and often fascinating. While the volume lacks an index, which would have been useful, it offers a great deal more than most children’s books on the period: an enlightening, critical view of George Washington as a slaveholder; an intriguing look at complex, shifting attitudes toward slavery within the young United States; and a memorable portrayal of Ona Judge. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.