Give Me Liberty (Hardcover)

By L. M. Elliott

Katherine Tegen Books, 9780060744212, 384pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006

List Price: 16.99*
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For thirteen-year-old Nathaniel, an indentured servant in colonial Virginia, life is hard. Though things improve with the help of a kind master named Basil-who shares music, books, and philosophies on equality-around him the climate is heating up. It's 1775 and colonists are enraged by England's taxation. Patrick Henry's words "give me liberty, or give me death" become the sounding call and the American Revolution is about to errupt. Nathaniel and Basil must make a choice about joining the fight and face a larger conundrum about the true meaning of liberty.

L. M. Elliott crafts a stirring narrative for middle grade readers-conveying the hopes and dilemmas of this crucial era in American history.

Praise For Give Me Liberty

“A lively account of the times with a likable narrator and solid action.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A rich and robust piece of historical literature.”
-School Library Journal

“Nathaniel and Basil come alive, making this a solid piece of historical fiction.”

“Filled with action, well–drawn characters, and a sympathetic understanding of many points of view.”
-ALA Booklist

“Elliott’s vivid descriptions and in-depth research make it easy to envision revolutionary-era Williamsburg.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“Elliott successfully evokes the spirit of the times.”