Freedom's Price (Hidden Histories) (Hardcover)

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Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Books
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
Grateful American Prize – Honorable Mention
Missouri State Teachers Association Recommended Books

Dred Scott’s daughter learns what it means to pay the price for freedom in this compelling middle-grade historical fiction novel.

Eleven year old Eliza Scott has a lot to live for. Eliza and her family will soon be free. She is learning to read and write at a secret school. And she has a new friend she can share her dreams with. But when Eliza is confronted by vicious slave catchers, the spread of cholera, and a devastating fire, she is forced to come to terms with what it really takes to be on her own. Will she ever be able to fulfill her childhood dreams?

Michaela MacColl and Rosemary Nichols delve deep into the history of the Dred Scott decision and pre–Civil War America to tell Eliza Scott’s riveting coming-of-age story. Freedom’s Price is the second in the Hidden Histories series about children and little-known events in American history.

About the Author

Michaela MacColl is the award-winning writer of several historical fiction novels. She is the co-author of Rory's Promise, the first in the Hidden Histories series published by Calkins Creek. She and her family live in Westport, Connecticut. Visit

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

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620916247
ISBN-10: 162091624X
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Hidden Histories