Night Boat to Freedom

Night Boat to Freedom

Book - 2006 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374312664
Branch Call Number: JP Raven
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Earl B. - Illustrator


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May 27, 2014

very good . A young 14 yr old rows slaves to freedom on the dark of the moon at the risk of his own life due to his Grandma's urging . And then after many crossings and years it is their turn for freedom . Based on true narratives from slaves that escaped this way. A good book on this subject of the truth is " The Refugee or The Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada " by Drew Benjamin .

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