Melitte by Fatima Shaik

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In 1772, years of mistreatment force thirteen-year-old Melitte to decide whether or not to run away from the Frenchman who has kept her as a slave on his poor Louisiana farm and leave the young girl who is the only person who ever loved her.

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Published October 1, 1997 by Dial. 160 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Narrated by Melitte, a young mulatto slave girl belonging to a feckless farmer and his sadistic wife, the story follows her from the age of six, when she is already working beyond her strength in field and cabin, to the age of thirteen, when, after an unsuccessful attempt to buy her freedom, she ...

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Belief in a Christian God is a major source of solace for the characters, and while the message that slavery is wrong and dehumanizing cannot be argued with, its constant and flat reiteration gives the work the flavor of a moral tract: ""The slave owners act as if they can control lives,"" Melitt...

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