Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man
ISBN: 0140341587
EAN13: 9780140341584
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 20, 2015
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 7.7" L x 5" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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The Newbery Award winner, based on a true story Captured by slave traders when only fifteen, At-mun never forgot his roots as a prince. Nor did he ever lose his princely dignity and the courage to hold his head high. Sold at auction in America and haunted by the memory of his young sister left behind in Africa, At-mun, now Amos, began his long march to freedom. He dreamed of being free and of buying the freedom of his closest friends. By the time he was sixty years old, Amos Fortune began to see those dreams come true. It does a man no good to be free until he learns how to live, he often said, and he left a legacy of freedom for himself and others that has immortalized his touching story for us all.

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   Highly recommended!
I used Amos Fortune with my literature classes of seventh and eighth grade. I was so happy by their reactions ''. They loved the book and I loved introducing them to well-written literature. I love the character qualities that are presented in this book. I teach this one for years to come.
   Excellent vocabulary resource!
I used Amos Fortune Free Man as a powerful tool in building vocabulary and dictionary usage skills for my fifth graders. It is not an easy read, but opens young eyes to the way of life in colonial America. The book develops character as they read it, and I point this out to my students. Advanced readers told me that they thought it was boring at first, but got better as they read it. The concept that fiction and historical fiction books often develop in this way came through clearer by having them read the book than by simply telling them. After reading a few pages, they learned to not give up on a book.
   Amos Fortune Free Man
This book was a bit juvenile starting, but then a little bit suited towards the middle and end, though the print and layout of the book seemed kind of slow. It's content and vocabulary was appropriate for 14 or 15 years old. Definitely a different kind of the slave book. Fortune was a point about which we should know more as a society. Amos Fortune's book made me want to learn more about the man, Elizabeth Yates. I would recommend this book to any age.
   Free at Last
This is a classic about a slave who earns his freedom. I read it years ago when I was a child and still remember it, and should be read by every child in school, it should be on the shelves of every library!
   I love this book
I read this to my children and found it very encouraging, uplifting and simplistic in the man's trust and faith in God. One of the best books we read in school this year is in the library.
   Fortunate enough to have read this book
Elizabeth Yates takes you through Amos'fortunes and misadventures.
   Don't read !
I read this book before my sixth year of high school. I had to read it first with my mother. Don 't waste your time wasting it. As a young African American woman, it is not the race aspect that has turned me off. It is the fact that this book had no action, comedy, horror, drama or anything that might interest you. It has words that form into sentences, which form paragraphs that turn into pages, creating a painfully bland book. I am warning you.
   Great read for my 7th grader
He actually enjoyed it so much after he told his grandmother about it. She bought it and also said it was a good book.
   okay book (this review has spoilers)
This book was pretty good, I would have preferred Amos to find his sister and then die without finding her. The history part also isn 't my thing, but I was required to read it. I would not recommend a long story short.
   A belief in yourself.
Well written children's book and really appropriate for the month of black history in the northeast. His success and respect of the entire community is a wonderful legacy for those who feel that this isn 't a place for an African-American. New England is proud to be part of the New England. Personal knows best no bounds!