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Freedom Calls: Journey of a Slave Girlby Sawyer, Kem Knapp
Publisher: White Mane Kids
Retail Price: $17.95
Issue: Summer 2001
Drawing characters and events from the real-life 1848 attempted escape by sea of 76 slaves in Washington, D.C., this historical fiction novel for teenagers features Louisa, a 15-year-old slave owned by a U.S. senator, and her 14-year-old friend Abby, whose father publishes the National Era, an abolitionist newspaper in the nation's capital. With clandestine help from Abby, Louisa eventually escapes to freedom and romance in London.