The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craftby Donald B. Lemke, Phil Miller, Tod Smith
Tells the story of Ellen and William Craft's unique escape from slavery in Georgia to freedom in Pennsylvania.
Children's LiteratureEllen and William Craft are slaves in Georgia who fear they will be separated by their owners. They plan a daring escape to freedom by disguising Ellen as a white man accompanied by her slave, William, and travel by train to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ellen and William are challenged along their journey but manage to evade detection and eventually make their way to freedom in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. The book is part of the "Graphic History" series in Capstone Press's "Graphic Library" of graphic-novel format nonfiction. The Crafts' story is told in full-color, classic graphic-novel form. A nice addition to the narrative are direct quotes from primary sources included in the dialogue bubbles, printed in yellow to distinguish them from quotes created by the author. The story of the Crafts would benefit from more background information in the text about slavery and life in the antebellum South to provide more context to the Crafts' story of escape. But the story itself, full-color format and comic-book treatment should appeal to appeal to young and reluctant readers. Recommended as a supplement to a broader history of the Civil War era. 2006, Graphic Library/Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
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