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9 to 12
3 to 7
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.25"
Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-624-7
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Eliza Scott isn’t quite a slave, but she’s not free either. She’s not a prisoner, but her family lives in a jail. Eliza, who attends a secret floating school on the Mississippi River because it’s illegal for her to read, says she understands how dangerous her situation is—but her parents know she’s not afraid enough. When a devastating cholera epidemic strikes the city, Eliza discovers she will have to be clever and resourceful to escape a slave catcher and the worst fire in St. Louis’ history. Will Eliza be willing to pay the price of freedom? Freedom’s Price is the second book in the Hidden Histories series, which examines little known moments in American history. Based on actual events and people, the book is extensively researched and includes an author’s note and bibliography.,


"History comes alive in this imagining of the life of Eliza Scott, one of the daughters of Dred Scott, the slave at the center of a landmark case in American history.... Not much is known about the real-life Eliza, but these authors’ depict her as brave, headstrong, and intelligent.... this book is a compelling and exciting narrative as well as a window into a possible history.... A great choice to support school curriculum." —School Library Journal 

"MacColl and Nichols paint a vivid picture of slavery’s brutal yoke… (e)xpect a savvy, energetic fighter in Eliza, and suspenseful plotting in this fine piece of historical fiction from the Hidden Histories series." –Booklist

Meet the Author

Michaela MacColl

Michaela MacColl is the award-winning writer of several historical fiction novels, including Always Emily, Nobody’s Secret, Prisoners in the Palace, and Promise the Night, and the co-author of Rory’s Promise and Freedom’s Price. She has degrees in multidisciplinary history from Vassar College and Yale University. She and her family live in Westport, Connecticut.

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Rosemary Nichols

Rosemary Nichols’s first novel was Rory’s Promise with Michaela MacColl. She lives in Watervliet, New York. Visit

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