Synopses & Reviews
In the dark of night Libby Norstad wakes up. It’s quiet. Too quiet. Then come the rapid strokes of the ship’s bell. What’s wrong? What happened? Where’s Pa?
Hurrying out into the dense fog on deck, Libby hears the slap of paddlewheels against water. The whistle of a steamboat coming too fast, too close. Grabbing Annika’s arm, Libby yanks her away from the railing. Run!
But soon, out of the dark and danger come the high notes of a gifted fiddler. Who is he? Where is he from? Why does his face seem to hold a secret?
As Annika joins the teaching in the Christina’s classroom, Captain Norstad asks Libby, Caleb, Jordan, and Peter, “What is most important to you? What do you really want?” Though Jordan finds new, exciting possibilities for his family’s freedom in Minnesota Territory, he and Peter also face mystery and hardship.
When winter draws near, Pa needs to head south, but Annika stays in St. Paul. Will she be lost to the never-give-up family forever? Can the Christina possibly escape a winter ice storm? And what is the fiddler’s challenge for Freedom Seekers of every place and time?
In The Fiddler’s Secret, the sixth and final novel in the Freedom Seekers series, as well as other titles in the collection, Lois Walfrid Johnson combines high story interest with truth that offers life to readers of every age.
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 storytellingto bring alive a critical time in American history.
Soon after Libby becomes a matchmaker, attempting to bring together her father and Annika, a gifted violinist boards the steamboat. As Annika joins Pa as a teacher in the Christina’s classroom, Captain Norstad asks his students, “What is most important to you? What do you really want?”
When Libby, Caleb, Jordan, and Peter seek the answer for their lives, they face mystery and hardship: Who stole the fiddler’s treasured violin? Where is Jordan’s biggest enemy? What has become of Annika? Can the Christina escape a winter ice storm? How can God possibly make all things work together for good?
And what is the fiddler’s secret? What is his challenge for Freedom Seekers of every place and time?
Find out in The Fiddler’s Secret, the sixth and final novel in the Freedom Seekers series.
When winter draws near, how will the Christina escape the untimely, fast-approaching ice storm?
In the dark of night come the rapid strokes of the ship’s bell, dense fog, and the slap of paddlewheels against water—and then the whistle screams a warning. A steamboat’s coming too fast, too close. Run!
Out of the darkness and danger come the piercing notes of a gifted fiddler. His face seems to hold a secret. What is the fiddler’s challenge for the Freedom Seekers of every place and time?
How will the Freedom Seekers answer Captain Norstad’s questions: “What is most important to you? What do you really want?”
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.