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Willow | Candlewick Press

A solid historical foundation, strong characterizations, and lyrical descriptions highlight Hegamin’s rich novel about slavery and black/white relations before the Civil War. – Publisher’s Weekly

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Author Tonya Cherie Hegamin slides period details into Willow’s simple, insightful narrative, creating a fluid reading experience only slightly interrupted by the occasional shift to Cato’s third-person narration. Willow is a well-researched historical novel that features a unique aspect of American slavery. – Bookpage

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Willow and the Nuances of Slavery: a novel by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

By Natasha Gordon-Chipembere

Tonya Cherie Hegamin’s Willow is a testimony to a young girl’s battle with the nuances of slavery and her emergent relationship with freedom.  It is a coming of age love story that centers on the ability to self-love and advocate in a time where only the most tenuous glimpses of freedom are dreamt of in silent spaces.

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Most Loved in All The World: A Story of Freedom  |  Houghton Mifflin

Hegamin tackles difficult concepts of slavery, courage and sacrifice in a poignant book about a mother who sends her daughter on the Underground Railroad, armed with a quilt she has made for her; the mother, identifying herself as an “agent,” stays behind to help other slaves escape.

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