Tonya Cherie Hegamin
In 1848, an educated slave girl faces an inconceivable choice — between bondage and freedom, family and love.On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old Willow, her master’s favorite servant. She’s been taught to read and has learned to write. She believes her master is good to her and fears the rebel slave runaways. On the other side of the line is seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, free born. It’s his personal mission to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can. Willow’s and Cato’s lives are about to intersect, with life-changing consequences for both of them. Tonya Cherie Hegamin’s moving coming-of-age story is a poignant meditation on the many ways a person can be enslaved, and the force of will needed to be truly emancipated.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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The book Willow is about a young slave named Willow. Willow is a stable girl. She helps around the stable instead of in the fields. Willow's mother is gone and her dad is hardly ever there. Tiny is a friend of Willows. She doesn't work in the field because she is too tiny. Tiny mostly sews. Willow slowly makes  her way to freedom in the book when she meets Cajo. 
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