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2 ⭐️- I love Historical Fiction (especially books that focus on slavery in the US - like Haley, Grissom & Hill) but this book was too light for my tastes (particularly as I‘m listening to Book of Negroes as an e-Audio at the moment). Good premise but too weak in its plot & character development for me. It would be a good pick for fans of Historical Fiction who prefer a lighter look at the issues.

My review: http://bit.ly/RedfieldFarm

The Last Runaway | Tracy Chevalier
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Sleep wouldn‘t come overnight so started listening to The Last Runaway. This book will cover #Ohio for my #SeparatedbyaPondTour. A book I‘ve wanted to read for a while.

ljuliel I like the name of your challenge. You started with my state 👍🏼 3w
Andrew65 @ljuliel Tried to be creative with the title. 😊 Where in Ohio do you live? (edited) 3w
ljuliel I line in northeast Ohio , about 50 miles south of Cleveland. 3w
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Andrew65 @ljuliel Whoops, That should have said live! 😔 In the book I‘m based around Wellington at the moment. 3w
ljuliel Oh, I didn‘t know that‘s where the book was set ! We used to go camping a lot up there at a state park. It‘s a pretty little town . (edited) 3w
TheAromaofBooks I'm an Ohioan as well - haven't been in Wellington, but there is a state park near there that we have visited. Much flatter up there than where we live (SE Ohio) I think I may have missed the info for #SeparatedbyaPondTour - I assume it's a reading challenge? What is it all about? 3w
ljuliel @TheAromaofBooks Findlay , right ? A large group of my family might live in your neck of the woods. Beverly , Waterford ? Have you heard of it ? 3w
TheAromaofBooks @ljuliel - not that far east, although we have been through that area a lot!! We're where Perry, Hocking, & Fairfield Counties all come together, east of Lancaster. Nearby Bremen claims to be the Gateway to the Hocking Hills, although that's a bit of a stretch. 😆 3w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks #SeparatedbyaPond is a challenge I set up on Librarything to read books set in all the countries referred to as the other side of the pond. For this we are aiming to visit each state in the US, each province in Canada and each county /region in England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This is the link to the group. http://www.librarything.com/topic/314751 3w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks No reason why we couldn‘t bring this to Litsy if you were interested. Last year we aimed to Read a book published each year over the last 100 years. (edited) 3w
ljuliel Hocking Hills area is beautiful. I don‘t know if I‘ve been in the exact location where you are , but close. @TheAromaofBooks 3w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks I think it was @ljuliel who helped germinate this thought in my head when she posted about her US states challenge. 3w
Andrew65 Great to bring Ohioans together. 😁 @ljuliel @TheAromaofBooks 3w
ljuliel Thanks @Andrew65 We live quite a distance apart ( maybe 3 hours ? ) . I didn‘t know she lived here too. @TheAromaofBooks 3w
TheAromaofBooks So are you working together as a team to accomplish this goal, or is everyone trying to do it on their own? Honestly, just seeing the list of counties/regions/etc was intriguing. I need a better map of Great Britain et al. Whenever I'm reading stories and they're dashing from Cheshire to Dorset, I have literally no concept of what that means! 3w
TheAromaofBooks @ljuliel - yes, it's about 3hrs from here to Cleveland. We've made the drive a few times to watch sad Browns games. 😁 3w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks A bit of both, we do it collectively but some of us (like me) also do it as an individual. It does help improve geography knowledge. Google come into its own. 😂 3w
Andrew65 @ljuliel 3 hours away from each other, that must be near neighbours in a country as large as the US. @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 3w
megnews @ljuliel @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 Hello fellow Ohioans! I‘m right down the road from Wellington, in Oberlin, another setting for the book. I believe Tracy Chevalier went to Oberlin college. I‘ve read a few by her. Really good. She has another good one set in Ohio, 3w
Crazeedi @Andrew65 Ineed to look into yourLT group! I love the 100 year idea 3w
ljuliel @megnews Hello to another Buckeye. 😊. Oberlin is a beautiful town. We‘ve driven through there before. I wondered about the setting for this , but that explains it. The only one of hers I‘ve read was set in the UK, I think. I can‘t remember the exact area but it had a beach and cliff rocks along the edge. @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 3w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Just about managed the 100 years, finished the last book on 31st December! 3w
Andrew65 @megnews Yes, they‘ve just been to Oberlin! The book you read @ljuliel must have been Remarkable Creatures about Mary Annin a famous fossil collector. That was a good book. She did go to Oberlin College @megnews where she was taught by Ray Bradbury and Rose Tremain - amazing what you can learn when you can‘t sleep! @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 3w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Have sent you invites. :) 3w
TheAromaofBooks I think I probably will slowly work my way through your #SeparatedbyaPondTour just because that's the kind of thing I enjoy. I'll probably mostly do it backwards, though - read a book and then see where it fits!! So where on the other side of the pond are you? 3w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks I usually do it that way too until knocked a fair few off. We‘re in Yorkshire (northern England) although London born and bred. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yorkshire always makes me think of James Herriot. And now we've exhausted my Yorkshire knowledge. 😁 3w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks In English terms Yorkshire is one of the biggest counties. The area James Herriot lived in (Thirsk) is about an hours drive away. 3w
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Mini audiobook #bookhaul – Audible is having a 2 for 1 sale on select titles through Jan. 1.

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One of favorite picture books. I love the pictures too by Kadir Nelson.

Tamra Thank you for posting! My daughter is portraying Tubman in her school‘s “wax museum” program next month, so your post is perfectly timed! I will borrow it from the library. 😁 1mo
BeaG @Tamra That sounds awesome. I hope that you like the story. The foreword is well worth the read too. 1mo
Tamra @BeaG we will definitely read it! All the kids have to give a short overview of their person from history whenever someone stops by them. 😆 (edited) 1mo
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Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine

Review: Henrys Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine, 2007, is a Caldecott Honor winner about the true story of a mans journey to freedom. It has beautiful illustrations and portrays the story very well.
Blurb: I would use this story in my class to talk about slavery. It's a nonfiction tale so its a good resource to use.
Quote: “Henry Brown wasn‘t sure how old he was. Henry was a slave. And slaves weren‘t allowed to know their birthdays.“


Just watched the biopic tonight. While I think it suffered from some serious ennui in the storyboarding department and failed to refer to her by her earned title of general: it is a very important film to see.

Henry's Freedom Box | Ellen Levine

This book is a very good display for young children on slavery and I would use in my classroom definitely!