Written by Anne Broyles
Illustrated by Anna Alter
Published by Charlesbridge Publishing
Reading level: Age 6-9
Hardcover: 32 page picture book
ISBN-13: 978-1570916755

  • A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
  • National Council for Social Studies Notable Trade Book

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Priscilla is a slave in the Big House. The hollyhocks her mother planted by the cow pond are all Priscilla has left to remember her by. When Master dies, Priscilla is sold to a Cherokee family. Another plantation, same life.

Based on a true story, Priscilla and the Hollyhocks follows Priscilla from her early years on a Southern plantation to her forced march along the Trail of Tears to the chance encounter that leads to her freedom. On her journey from slave to free woman, Priscilla carries something precious with her: hollyhock seeds . . . and hope.

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