Title: Freedom School, Yes!

Reference: Cooper, F., & Littlesugar, A. (2001). Freedom School, Yes!. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.

Brief annotation: Jolie’s mom volunteered to house a teacher for the freedom school. The white people threatened them and burnt down their church, but this did not deter the community that reacted by building a new church and school. Jolie, who out of fear, did not want the school or the teacher ended up really caring for both and grew to be unafraid of learning and being brave.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade level: 3.5

Interest level: Students in grades 3-5 would be interested in this book.

Personal response: I love how this book shows the reader that fear cannot prevent determined people from following their dreams and that perseverance in the face of challenges is a trait that will see people through difficulties.

Text-dependent question: Where was class held after the church was burnt down?