Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: A
This is another fictional diary part of the Dear America series. It takes place in 1859 on a plantation in Virginia, and tells the story of a young colored girl in slavery who teaches herself how to read and write, despite it being illegal to do so. Her master’s son is also helpful, and helps. Clotee has to keep her diary hidden, due to the illegalities of slaves knowing how to read and write. Near the end of the book, it discusses slaves escaping to freedom via the Underground Railroad and how young Clotee takes part. It’s a beautifully written, tragic, heartbreaking story that has a bittersweet ending.
The cover is eye-catching and offers an accurate description of what readers should expect to find within the book.