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Do You Know Them?

Do You Know Them?

Families Lost and Found After the Civil War

by Shana Keller, Illustrated by Laura Freeman

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A moving and triumphant picture book inspired by the printed newspaper ads placed by African Americans who were separated from family members by the Civil War, enslavement, and emancipation.

After the war’s end, everyone is missing someone. Lettie’s missing her family. They had been sold and lost long before enslavement was abolished. Every week, she reads the advertisements in the newspapers to her congregation. “Do you know them? I would like to find my people. My mother’s name was Charlotte King, and when I was sold, I had five brothers.”

Lettie is determined to find her loved ones, too. She saves every penny she earns, but not to buy candy or toys. She saves for something better—something that could bring her whole family together.

Every ad depicted in this poignant tale is authentically historical, bringing the heart-wrenching past to life.


ISBN-13: 9781665913072
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 9, 2024
Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8
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