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Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom [Paperback]

By Doreen Rappaport (Author) & Charles Lilly (Illustrator)
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Five accounts of black slaves who managed to escape to freedom during the period preceding the Civil War.

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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.

Awards and Recognitions
Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom by Doreen Rappaport & Charles Lilly has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Black-Eyed Susan Award - 1993-1994 Nominee - Grades 4-6 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom by Doreen Rappaport & Charles Lilly has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 84
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 76
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/01/1999

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   117
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.75" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 1998
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  9-12
ISBN  0064461696  
ISBN13  9780064461696  

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More About Doreen Rappaport & Charles Lilly

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Doreen Rappaport has written numerous award-winning books for children, including: Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White (both illustrated by Curtis James); Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, also illustrated by Bryan Collier. She lives and writes in upstate New York.
Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award winner Bryan Collier has created art for many award winning children's books, including his master achievements, Rosa, Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom River, and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon. Bryan lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Doreen Rappaport currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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I think that this was an interesting book to read  Jul 24, 2000
I am a 7th grader who was assigned this book to read as a summer reading project by my future teacher. After reading many different books on the life experiments of slaves durning the Civil War, I found this book interesting. It is about five slaves and how they managed to escape slavery. It show how brave each one of these people were in their own way. It also show how the Underground Railroad worked to help them in their escape of the in human lives that they were living along with the abuse that they suffered. The most interesting person of the five was Eliza, she also was fighting for the freedom of her baby Caroline. I think that the danger of the escape was harder for her because she was more worried about her daughter and what could happen to both of them if they were to get caught.This book kept me interested because it tells of the feeling that each one of the slaves is feeling and how they handle the next travel from one place to another. I liked the reading of the adventures that they had and how in the end they needed to adjust to a new kind of life.

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