Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
Posted on 03/16/2021
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"Students love this story that is from Chattanooga, TN.”

Thrasher Elementary


Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Thrasher Elementary School. Born into slavery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, William "Bill" Lewis learned the blacksmith trade as soon as he was old enough to grip a hammer. He proved to be an exceptional blacksmith and earned so much money fixing old tools and creating new ones that he was allowed to keep a little money for himself. With just a few coins in his pocket, Bill set a daring plan in motion: he was determined to free his family.

Editorial Reviews


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From Amazon.com:

Powerful and uplifting; William Lewis should be a household name.”

—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

To check out more recommended books in the Hamilton Book of theWeek at https://www.hcde.org/parents___students/suggested_reading.

Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.  

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023