A Newbery Honor Book, ALA Notable Book, Winner of the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, SLJ Best Book of the Year, Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book, & New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year.
A work of children's nonfiction featuring full illustrated imagery in which Lester looks back at his family history of slavery, looking back on the days of enslavement, drawing from real-life source material of the slave narratives of the Federal Writers' Project (housed in the Archive of Folk-song at the Library of Congress (Sanders, 2018, p. 203-04).
It explores what it was like to be a slave. The book includes many personal accounts of former slaves, accompanied by Lester's historical commentary and Feelings' powerful and muted paintings. It follows the narrative stories of multiple individuals, based on recorded accounts. An informative, historical, primary-sourced book.