Synopses & Reviews
Late at night, as the Christina puts out into the Mississippi River, Caleb and Libby keep watch on deck. Close by, the runaway slave, Jordan, creeps forward without a sound. Drawing near the lantern, he stops, as if afraid to enter the circle of light.
On the streets above them no one stirs. Then a dark shape steps from the shadows.
Jordan moans. “It’s Riggs!” (The slave-trader.) The cruelest man Caleb knows. Jordan’s owner stepping out, so they know he’s on their trail.
From that moment the Freedom Seekers can never forget that because of a fugitive slave law Jordan can be taken back into slavery, even from a free northern state. Nor can they forget that if Captain Norstad is caught hiding a fugitive he can lose the Christina. Then Elsa, a new-found immigrant friend, faces illness and possible death.
Will Libby’s need for courage bring her to the Lord who promises, “Do not fear, for I am with you”? Can the Freedom Seekers live the courage that offers life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to every person? Can they go beyond fear to put that courage into practice?
As steamboats race for St. Paul, stakes are high. To escape capture, Jordan makes a mighty leap. In a time when captains did not stop for a man overboard, will Jordan survive his fall into icy waters?
The Freedom Seekers series is a six-novel middle-reader set in 1857. Feel the rush of immigrants to the new land, and the dangers of the Underground Railroad in these true-to-life riverboat stories.The characters will receive a heart-warming response from readers of all ages. Adult readers will ask themselves, "e;Would I have been one of those who helped runaway slaves?"e; Lois Walfrid Johnson uses strong historical research, great writing, and wonderful storytelling to bring alive a critical time in American history.
In the second book in the Freedom Seekers series, Race for Freedom, a shadowy figure lurks on the dark riverfront near the Christina. Libby Norstad is sure that it must be the cruel slave trader Riggs, who had vowed that no slave of his will ever escape alive. Does Riggs suspect that the runaway Jordan Parker is hiding on her pa's steamboat?
Fearful that Riggs may try to board the Christina in disguise, Libby and her friend Caleb scan the crowds of passengers bound for Minnesota Territory. Has Riggs slipped by unnoticed? Because of a fugitive slave law, he can bring back Jordan into slavery even from a free northern state.
Jordan escaped once. Must he escape again?
Jordan escaped slavery once. Must he escape again?
A shadowy figure lurks on the dark riverfront near the Christina. Libby is sure that it must be the cruel slave trader Riggs, who has vowed that no slave of his will ever escape alive. Does Riggs suspect that the runaway Jordan is hiding on her pa’s steamboat? Track Libby, Caleb, and Jordan in the second book of the Freedom Seeker’s series as they race to keep Jordon free from the clutches of slavery.
Libby and Caleb scan the crowds of passengers bound for the Minnesota Territory. Has Riggs slipped by and boarded the Christina unnoticed?From the golden age of steamboats, the rush of immigrants to new lands, and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, come true-to-life stories of courage, integrity, and suspense in the Freedom Seekers series.
About the Author
LOIS WALFRID JOHNSON is the best-selling author of more than 30 books for children and adults including the best-selling Adventures of the Northwoods and Riverboat Adventures series. Her historically accurate novels and more than 250 shorter pieces have received a variety of awards, including the Gold Medallion Book Award, the C.S. Lewis Award for Best Series, and five Silver Angels from Excellence in Media. A former instructor for Writer's Digest School, Lois speaks and teaches writing at public and Christian schools, home educator groups, university classes, and writers' conferences. Lois loves talking with kids and writing edge-of-your-seat adventures. She and Roy, her husband, are the parents of three married children and make their home in Minnesota.