“In wanting to connect people to the history and to the people that lived in this time, it goes to, ‘Be curious. Allow your heart and your mind to open for a moment.’ I hope I’ve created a safe space in which to do so.” ~ Amina Luqman-Dawson
The well-deserved accolades pour in — Newberry Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, Cyblis Award, and more — but what caught my eye about Amina Luqman-Dawson’s wonderful book Freewater was her deft deployment of curiosity.
Whether as a springboard for her own writing and research, as an invitation to her readers, or the force that enables her characters’ growth and literal freedom, curiosity is everywhere in this rich, evocative story of children escaping enslavement and finding their power.
“Curiosity,” she says, “is a wonderful place to begin.”
A shout-out to Arlington Public Library, championins of stories, information and ideas, for helping to connect me to this particular story.
This isn’t the first time I’ve waxed rhapsodic about The Phantom Tollbooth.
Amina Luqman-Dawson Photo Credit: Zachariah Dawson
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