The Seeds of America trilogy stars Isabel, a teenaged slave. In the first book, Chains, she is enslaved by a loyalist Manhattan family, the Locktons. She lives and works there with her sister Ruth and is treated cruelty by Mrs Lockton. Although her freedom was promised by her former owner, she finds it hard to trust this will actually happen and contemplates running away. If you're a historical fiction fanatic like me, this series will draw you in until you finish the entire series.
In the second book, in the Seeds of America trilogy, Isabel has escaped and has joined up with Curzon. The two become spies for the revolutionaries during the American Revolution. This book follows them as they attempt to avoid being caught and survive the harsh winter conditions at Valley forge. Although this is touted as a middle grades series, teens and adults would still enjoy the historical accuracy of the series.
Three years later, Isabel and Curzon have escaped Valley Forge, and slavery and as runaway slaves, have walked the 1,000 miles from Pennsylvania to Virginia. They finally find Isabel's sister Ruth, but she isn't so happy to see them...find out why in the last book of the series
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is probably the most popular book of the Logan series. Book # 4 details Cassie's experiences with racism in Mississippi. Although her parents and other elders try to gently explain that this is just the way things are, Cassie is bothered by the unfair treatment of black people. When her Mama organizes a boycott of the Wallace's general store to protest racism and the brutal treatment of their friends, and Papa return home and begins leading the boycott, severe consequences occur.
Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern live with their father in New York. Their mother took off for California when Fern was just a baby. Now, six years later, the three sisters are going to California to visit the mother they barely know. When they get to Oakland, they figure out the woman who refers to herself as Nzila is not exactly mother. In the mornings she sends them to the free breakfast program ran by the black panthers. Here, they learn all about Black Power, black pride and standing up to "the man". This is a wonderful coming of age story about 3 sisters growing up during the late 60's