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“Freedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write. Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom – they sing ‘bout freedom, but to keep Mas’ Henley from knowin’ their true feelings, they call freedom ‘heaven’. Everybody’s mind is on freedom… While fannin’ this afternoon, my eyes fell on ‘freedom’ in a book William was readin’... I been spellin’ it F-R-E-D-U-M. I put the right letters in my head to make sure I remembered their place. F-R-E-E-D-O-M.”

Clotee is a slave girl on one of Virginia’s notorious cotton plantations. To her, freedom is just a word – but it’s the most important word in the world. Will the day of liberation ever come? A historical turning point is brought to life by the My Story series, in a book based on the true memoirs of Clotee Henley, an actual former slave.

Product Details


My Story







Date published

September 7th, 2009

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 240 pages


UK edition



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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 10 October 2014

    Even though I think that I might be a bit old for these books now I have read quite a few of them in the past and have really enjoyed them. I am curious to know what this one is like. It sounds really good and maybe I will get a chance to read it someday!!!

  2. Hayley 113303

    on 15 March 2014

    I love this book because it is very touching.

  3. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 8 March 2014

    it’s a lovely story about the struggle for freedom

  4. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2014

    It was great read! I would recomend this book to everyone.It is a story of hopes,life,slaves ,hardships and being a leader.

    5out of 5
  5. Jane blonde 113694

    on 16 September 2013

    I personally luvvvv the my story collection and cant wait to start reading slave girl!!

    5out of 5
  6. Pirate2small 108060

    on 7 March 2013

    This book is really touching, I enjoyed reading it

  7. Hayley 113303

    on 5 March 2013

    I liked this book iread it . I read when we were learning about slaves, in history. You learn a lot about slaves from this book

  8. Wellyphant thumb 19

    on 22 January 2013

    it is an amazing story i feel sorry about the way she was treated havent finshed miss lilly is horrible

    5out of 5
  9. Clarice thumb 136

    on 30 June 2012

    Amazing!!! So real and true. It was horrible the way they treated their slaves – just because they were African-American! But this is a brilliant story.Please read it!!

    5out of 5
  10. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    i thougfht this book was good. i liked it and found it interesting to find out about other people.

  11. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 1 August 2011

    it was the most exciting book about the underground railroad and her life

    5out of 5
  12. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 14 July 2011

    This book is truly amazing, I was engrossed for hours!!

    5out of 5
  13. Love stargirl 113412

    on 8 June 2010

    i loved this book. throughout it clotee preys for freedom and is a beacon of hope for the rest of the slaves.

    5out of 5
  14. Bs shark thumb 124

    on 21 September 2009

    i would love to read this book