Nomination: Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

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Hegamin, Tonya Cherie. Willow. 2014. #374p. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (978-0-7636-5769-7). Gr.7+

Born on a plantation just south of the Mason Dixon line, Willow has had a life far more privileged than other slaves. She believes life is good at Knotwild, she has been taught to read and write and she is the admitted favorite of the master and her widowed father. Life changes when she encounters Cato, a free black man, who is helping slaves escape.  Willow begins to realize that privilege does not mean freedom and she must decide if she will fight for her own.

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