A lyrical narrative tells the story of several children who escape slavery to discover freedom among a community of formerly enslaved Black people living in the Great Dismal Swamp.


From the 2023 Newbery press release: 
“Freewater” is a powerful and emotionally thrilling story of resistance. With expert characterization and a lush, vivid setting, Luqman-Dawson creates a remarkable narrative based on the real history of maroon communities.

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