The Water Dancer
by Ta-Nehesi Coates
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

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Ta-Nehesi Coates creates a captivating version of 19th century America (specifically Virginia, Baltimore, and Philadelphia) that is exciting to explore and creates great opportunity for reflection and conversation.