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To Liberty! The Adventures of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas: A Bloomsbury Reader

Written by Catherine Johnson

Illustrated by Rachel Sanson

Part of the Bloomsbury Readers Series

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To Liberty! The Adventures of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas: A Bloomsbury Reader Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction Reading Scheme Short Stories

The real-life adventures of the many who inspired The Three Musketeers

Book Band: Dark Red Ideal for ages 10+

Catherine Johnson writes terrific historical novels, and this story of the adventures of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas is more thrilling by far than most fiction. Thomas-Alexandre was the father of writer Alexandre Dumas and believed to have provided the inspiration for his classic, The Three Musketeers. We follow him through his childhood, a mixed-race child growing up in Haiti, sold into slavery as a teenager by his aristocrat father to pay off gambling debts; bought back and trained in swordsmanship, before joining the Dragoons. Johnson brings him vividly to life, a man driven by a passion for equality and liberty, and ready to fight for it. In the excellent new Bloomsbury Readers series, this story is written specifically to help children grow reading confidence and understanding. A separate ‘Reading Zone’ section at the end suggests activities to do while and after reading, and includes a quiz to test your knowledge. .

Andrea Reece

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The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence, covering a wide range of genres and topics.

With charming illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. 

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To Liberty! The Adventures of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas: A Bloomsbury Reader Synopsis

An exciting adventure set in revolutionary France which tells the true story of a swashbuckling hero Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, whose mother was an enslaved African woman and whose father was a French noble.

Alex is happy living with his brothers and sister on his father's farm on Haiti but his father wants to go back to France and can't afford to take his mixed-race children with him. Soon, Alex must fight for his freedom... and that of France. From a slave on the streets of Port au Prince to a general in the French army, the dramatic true story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas' life (the inspiration for his son's book The Three Musketeers) is brought to life by award-winning author, Catherine Johnson.

Featuring exciting black-and-white illustrations by Rachel Sanson, this book is perfect for children who are developing as readers.

To Liberty! The Adventures of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas: A Bloomsbury Reader Press Reviews

I learnt three things from the synopsis alone. -- David Nicholls - Author of One Day , Us and Starter for Ten

Catherine Johnson is one of our best writers of historical fiction [...] It's riveting, irresistible reading, the kind of true life adventure that inspires readers to find out more, and to rethink their own view of the world. Don't miss. - Books for Keeps

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ISBN: 9781472972552
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781472972552
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Author: Catherine Johnson
Illustrator: Rachel Sanson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Education an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction, Reading Scheme, Short Stories

About Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a screen-writer and best-selling author of several books for children and young adults. Her acclaimed novel Sawbones won the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction, and her most recent book The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the YA Book Prize. Catherine has been a Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the London institute and has mentored writers in Africa for the British Council.

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