Night boat to freedom

by Raven, Margot Theis.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Picture Books qj Fic Raven, M
Location  CLP - East Liberty
 
Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
Call Number  qj Fic Raven, M
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books qj Fic Raven, M
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
 
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Paperback E RAV MULTICULTURAL
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Summary
When Granny Judith asks twelve-year-old Christmas John to row Molly, cook's daughter, across the river from Kentucky to the Free State of Ohio, he's terrified. Bravely, he begins the first of many journeys. Each time he returns, Granny Judith asks what color clothing his passenger wore, for she's had a dream-vision and is making a quilt from squares of these "freedom colors." When there are only two squares left, she tells him, "Dream says we got to get ourselves over the river, 'cause the danger's gonna grow awful."
This compelling story, powerfully and poignantly illustrated, is a memorable celebration of courage, hope, and unselfish love. "Night Boat to Freedom" is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The team who created Circle Unbroken (2004) once again brings African American history close. Drawing on accounts in the Slave Narrative Collection, compiled during the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project, Raven presents her story from the viewpoint of Christmas John, 12, born on Christmas morning and raised on a Kentucky plantation by Granny Judith, who was captured as a child in Africa. One night Granny Judith asks him to row a young slave across the river to freedom in Ohio. Christmas John is scared, but he helps the slave and many others escape. Finally, it becomes too dangerous for him to stay on the plantation. Granny Judith wants him to leave, but how can he leave her behind? The older mentor is as tough as the young boy, and Lewis' beautiful, unframed double-page spreads depict the bond between them, including their heartbreaking farewell embrace. The close-ups filled with the richly colored details of Granny Judith's dyed quilts are in stark contrast to the pictures of the night sky and black water, and the shadows of the runaways in the woods. Words and pictures work perfectly together, making sound from silence and light from darkness. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Fugitive slaves -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
Underground Railroad -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Kentucky -- History -- 1792-1865 -- Fiction.
Ohio -- History -- 1787-1865 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Lewis, Earl B.
Language English
Notes "Melanie Kroupa Books."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780374312664
0374312664
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