“You matter…not because of whose son you are. Because of who you are. You’re as important as every other human being that ever was or ever will be. Everyone matters.”
Jefferson’s Sons is a fictionalized account of what life might have been like for Thomas Jefferson’s four children from his slave Sally Hemings. Author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley presents the dilemmas of slavery in an age-appropriate manner while still managing to tell a heartfelt tale about family and friendship. Brubaker Bradley’s writing is engaging and she eloquently illustrates what a unique and challenging position these Hemings-Jefferson children were in. I would highly recommend Jefferson’s Sons as an excellent teaching tool and thought-provoking read for middle grade readers.
Violence/Gore: A character is smacked in the face by his mother and uncle; a child is spanked; a man is whipped in two separate occasions; a man is stabbed but survives.
Sex/Nudity: Sexual reference to a character visiting Master Jefferson at night; sexual reference to a slave being purchased for her ability to have children.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
A man is described as a drunkard; a youth takes a sip of wine.