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Publisher's Note:

It's the 1850s and Daisy, a slave girl from Alabama, is thrilled when her Mama is brought to her plantation to be the new cook. Six Oaks Plantation has been Daisy's home for years, and the future looks bright now that she and her Mama have been reunited. The happiness doesn't last, though, when a dangerous encounter with a notorious slave hunter endangers Daisy's life. She has no choice but to run. Leaving behind everything she has ever known, Daisy strikes out alone on the Underground Railroad. Daisy's search for freedom leads her deep into the woods. Along the way she is joined by Simon, a four-year-old boy and his pet kitten. Pursued by dogs, uncertainty, and a slave tracker determined to capture them by any means necessary, Daisy starts to wonder if she will ever be safe again. Does Jesus care about runaway slaves lost in the woods?…

Daisy’s Search for Freedom

by Bertha Schwartz

Overall Book Review:

Daisy’s Search for Freedom follows the events of a young girl in slavery and her escape to the North via the Underground Railroad. The reader follows her through some frightening situations along that trail. Throughout the novel Daisy maintains a faith perspective and the hope of one day being reunited with her family. This book is a mild introduction to slavery and briefly touches on the abuse that occurred in slavery. Most of the time was spent exploring the dangers in escaping.

This is the first book in The Searchers Series – a new historical fiction series with strong female lead characters. There are discussion questions in the back separated by chapter, which would be perfect for homeschooling or further discussion.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ambassador International

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Threat of being beat near to death; threat of being whipped; plan a lynching; adult captures minor, puts hand over mouth and throws into carriage; minor kicks minor with pointed shoe in the hands covering face causing minor to black out; head pain; broken hand and nose; minor about to be hit with a pitcher; minor told of danger; threat of wolf killing minors; wolf with rabbit in its mouth; threat to make others pay; threat to whip cat; threat to all be whipped; threat of being caught by dogs/men; minors tied up; string might choke the cat.

Sex/Nudity:  Implied sexual activity between master and slave as there is a white slave baby (no direct reference but might be inferred by an older reader).

Mature Subject Matter:

Slavery – separation of families, selling people, unknown parentage, whipping, abuse, etc.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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My favorite books are ones that change me and my perceptions of the world in a significant way. My favorite genre is probably historical fiction with biographies as a close second.