Summary: This story is about Homer, a twelve-year-old boy who bravely takes on the responsibility of escaping slavery with his little sister. His strong-willed personality seems timid until he finds a level of comfort in his newfound maroon community. He is in awe with the way that the community has created a new world for themselves within the greater distance of surrounding plantations. The relationships, methods of survival and new way of living is captivating. Throughout his journey to the newly found freedom, he knows that he will have to return to check in on his mother. In the quest, to check on her he confirms that the life that he once lived is no longer one that is familiar or desired. Will Homer decide that his priority is to be committed to serving his new community? Will he embrace “Freewater” as his own?
Strengths: This story is fascinating and gives insight on the maroon community. It is a revelation and exposes another perspective on how people lived in the escape to freedom.
Weaknesses: You will have to do a little research to understand the basis of maroon communities. This story is doable for students who are established readers; however, it may be challenging for those who are emerging and strategic.
Thoughts: Do not let the cover or length fool you! This is a beautifully written story with characters that are adventurous, sacred, and courageous.