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Liberty

Title

Liberty

Authors

Kirby Larson

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780545840736

Pages

221 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In 1940s New Orleans, Fish Elliot is a polio-survivor with a knack for inventing and building things, and his African American neighbor Olympia is a girl with a talent for messing things up, but they are united in an effort to save a starving stray dog they call Liberty--and when Liberty is caged by a nasty farmer, they find an unlikely ally in a German prisoner of war, Erich, who is not much older than the two children.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

640L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Disability and Health; Legal guardianship; Military families; Race discrimination; Interracial; Physical disability; Illness; grandparents raising grandchild; grandmother raising granddaughter; sister raising brother; parent in the military; father int he military; race relations; interracial friendship; mobility; polio

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Black (African American) / White

Family Formation

sister; grandmother

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017 Ages (9 to 12)
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2016
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2017 Grades 3-5

Keywords

World War II; thunderstorm; dog; inventions; New Orleans; engineering; prisoner of war

Diversity Impact

indirect

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