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Eliza and her baby, running across the ice. Selena and Cornelia Jackson, masquerading as boys. Henry Box Brown, shipping himself north in a wooden crate. Jane Johnson, risking everything to testify against her former owner in court. Ellen Craft, posing as her husband's owner.
Escaping from slavery against overwhelming odds, these people were helped by courage, ingenuity, and the informal network known as the Underground Railroad. Here are their gripping stories, told by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Charles Lilly, and accompanied by information about slave laws of the era, key Underground Railroad leaders, and a bibliography.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 115-117).
About the Author
Doreen Rappaport is known for her ground-breaking approach to multicultural history and stories for young readers.In her many award-winning books, she brings attention to not-yet-celebrated Americans, along with well-known figures.A former teacher of music and reading, Doreen knows how to capture children's attention.Her dynamic formats engage even the most reluctant readers.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Caldecott Honor Book for Illustration, ALA Notable Book, and is on the Blue Ribbon list of the Bulletin Center for Childrens Books.Her newest book, We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians, introduces the accomplishments of sixteen distinguished American Indians.Her classic Escape From Slavery presents the history of the Underground Railroad through adventure stories.The Boston Coffee Party introduces children to a neglected event in history books and shows the active roles played by women during the Revolutionary War.
Over next two years, HarperCollins will publish Doreen's Off to America: A Picture Book of Jewish Americans; Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution, and United No More: Stories of the Civil War, the latter two co-authored with Joan Verniero.