Title: Journey to a Promised Land: A Story of the Exodusters ( I am America Series)

Author: Allison Lassieur

Publisher:  North Star Editions (JollyFish Press)

Publication: 01 Jan 2019

Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction

Pages: 160

Hypatia “Hattie” Florence Jacobs dreams of being a teacher.  However, her parents are. former slaves struggling to make ends meet in Nashville, Tennessee after Reconstruction. When the opportunity for the Jacobs family arises to join the Great Exodus of 1879 to Kansas for a better life, they find it hard to resist. The question remains: will they remain unscathed from the danger-filled journey.

It is no secret among my loyal readers that I am collecting The Dear America Series so picking this book from NetGalley was a no-brainer.  Journey to a Promised Land provides a glimpse into the lives of former slaves in post-Civil War America. The Great Exodus of 1879 is a rarely discussed event and through Hattie’s eyes, we get to see the struggles that African-Americans in Post-Reconstruction South.

Hattie’s character will provide various learning points and a good introduction for middle-grade children (and big kids too!) especially with a socio-politically charged issue like race.

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Note: This book was provided by the Publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own

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