The Listeners (Tales of Young Americans) (Hardcover)

By Gloria Whelan, Mike Benny (Illustrator)

Sleeping Bear Press, 9781585364190, 1pp.

Publication Date: February 11, 2010

List Price: 17.95*
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Winter 2009 Kids' List

“Exquisite illustrations accompany the story of Ella May, a slave girl, who, along with her two friends, has been given the important job of 'listening.' Each night, after their work is done, they hide beneath the plantation's windows, gathering bits of news from their owner's conversations. Through Ella May's eyes, ears, and words, we get a glimpse into the precarious life of slave families. This is a graceful and thoughtful introduction to the issue of slavery.”
— Bev Denor, LaDeDa Books, Manitowoc, WI
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a May is a slave on a Southern plantation. Each night, Ella May and her friends secretly listen outside the windows of their master's house in the hopes of gleaning information about their fates and those of their loved ones. Illustrations.