An exciting adventure set in revolutionary France which tells the true story of a swashbuckling hero Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, whose mother was an enslaved African woman and whose father was a French noble. Alex is happy living with his brothers and sister on his father's farm on Haiti but his father wants to go back to France and can't afford to take his mixed-race children with him. Soon, Alex must fight for his freedom... and that of France. From a slave on the streets of Port au Prince to a general in the French army, the dramatic true story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas' life (the inspiration for his son's book The Three Musketeers ) is brought to life by award-winning author, Catherine Johnson. Featuring exciting black-and-white illustrations by Rachel Sanson, this book is perfect for children who are developing as readers. The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence, covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information Band: Dark RedIdeal for ages 10+
Catherine Johnson is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Sawbones , which won the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo , which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 and the YA Book Prize, and Freedom which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2019 and won the Little Rebels prize. Rachel Sanson is an illustrator of children's books and is currently based in Bristol, UK. Originally from a tiny town in the North of England, she graduated from the University of Lincoln with a degree in illustration. Rachel loves to work on children's fiction but most enjoys illustrating weird and wonderful characters and scenes.
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