The day Grace is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim warns her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain.

But the more Grace sees of the heartless Master and hateful Missus, the more a rightiness voice clamors in her head asking how come white folks can own slaves, sell them on the auction block, and separate families forever. When that voice escapes without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events that prove Uncle Jim's words true. Suddenly, Grace and her family must flee deep into the woods, where they brave deadly animals, slave patrollers, and the uncertainty of ever finding freedom.

Serafina's Promise

Kirkus Starred Review/ Kirkus's Best Books of the Year, 2013
Junior Reading Guild Selection
School Library Journal Starred Review/SLJ Best Books, 2013
Fall 2013 Parents' Choice Gold Award
NYPL Children's Books~100 Books Worth Reading and Sharing, 2013
NAACP Image Award Nominee
Cybils Award Finalist for Middle Grade Fiction
ALA Notable Book 2013
ALA Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

All the Broken Pieces

All the Broken Pieces


All the Broken Pieces


ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Booklist Best of Editor’s Choice
2009 Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth
2009 Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth
NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Cybils Awards Finalist
Winner of the 2010 Jefferson Cup

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