Night running : how James escaped with the help of his faithful dog

by Carbone, Elisa.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Picture Books PICT F CARBONE 2008 CRAFTON 1/08
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Juvenile - Picture Books
Call Number  PICT F CARBONE 2008 CRAFTON 1/08
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC CARBONE
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  J FIC CARBONE
Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 973.7 STORIES
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-fiction
Call Number  JUV 973.7 STORIES
Wilkinsburg Public Library Picture Books E CAR MULTICULTURAL
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
It's 1838, and James has made a secret plan to escape Master Graham's farm--and slavery. James tells his dog Zeus he has to stay behind: he's simply too noisy to bring along on a dangerous nighttime journey. But when two white men capture James soon after he runs, he's grateful his faithful hunting dog didn't obey. Zeus has followed behind, and the scrappy hound rescues James from his captors. An author's note describes the real life inspiration behind the book: James Smith, a slave who escaped with the help of his dog and went on to become a farmer and Baptist minister.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A boy and dog help each other to freedom in this slave escape tale, which is based on a true story. Young James sadly orders hunting dog Zeus to stay behind while he slips away, but Zeus will hear none of it. Good thing, too, for it's Zeus that comes to the rescue when men try to nab James in the woods, when the slave catcher's dogs attack, and when the old canoe in which James tries to cross the Ohio River sinks. Lewis illustrates the flight in impressionistic, full-page or full-bleed scenes that add both detail and incidents to Carbone's pared-down text to help create a smooth narrative flow. When the Quaker farmer on the free side welcomes the lad but tries to drive the dog away, it's James' turn to stand up for a friend, and the two are last seen bedded down companionably together in the man's barn.--Peters, John Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Carbone's (Stealing Freedom) powerful first picture book, based on a true story, is set in 1838, when James, a young slave, decides to escape his master's Virginia farm and reluctantly tells his noisy dog, Zeus, to stay behind ("One skinny old hunting dog wasn't worth staying for. Not when there was freedom to be had"). Ignoring the boy, Zeus comes anyway and saves James's life several times, helping him escape his master's lackeys, kill vicious slave-catching dogs and cross the Ohio River when James's canoe sinks. Dramatically illuminated by sunshine and moonlight, Lewis's (Coming on Home Soon) watercolors highlight the characters' peril--in one scene, James tenses as he's about to be whipped by his captor; equally upsetting is the sight of James and Zeus fending off the pack of dogs. Carbone's colloquial narrative offsets the harsh reality ("Ropes that are slimed up with dog spit are mighty easy to untie!") and emphasizes the sometimes strained but tender friendship between boy and dog. This emotionally charged account will move children and parents alike, right through the quietly triumphant denouement. An author's note provides details about the real James Smith's later years. Ages 5-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fugitive slaves -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. bKnopf,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Lewis, Earl B.
Language English
Notes "Based on a true story."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780375822476 (trade)
037582247X (trade)
9780375922473 (lib. bdg.)
0375922474 (lib. bdg.)
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