A sad but true coda to John
Newton’s story is that today, around the world, millions of people are
still illegally enslaved by those more powerful than they. The weak, the
young, the poor, and the uneducated are still kidnapped or sold into
slavery. The cries of pain and fear heard long ago from the slave ships
John Newton was a slave trader in the mid seventeen hundreds. During his
career as a slave trader John Newton bought and sold hundreds of slaves.
This was seen as a legitimate business. When John was thirty-nine he became
the curate of a church in England. He wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace.”
I loved reading this book and looking through the illustrations. Out Of
Slavery’s illustrator, Janet Wilson, has clearly read this book many
times, as her paintings could almost tell this story by themselves. The
front cover peaks your interest by showing you a cotton plantation. This
book is for older readers, as it’s a long non-fiction/picture book with a
mature topic. Linda Granfield has written many other non-fiction books, and
has won a few awards for her books. If you want more information on her,
check out www.lindagranfield.com.
I give Out of Slavery five stars.