The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft

The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft

by Donald B. Lemke

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Tells the story of Ellen and William Craft's unique escape from slavery in Georgia to freedom in Pennsylvania.


Tells the story of Ellen and William Craft's unique escape from slavery in Georgia to freedom in Pennsylvania.

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Children's Literature
Ellen 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.
—Lauri Berkenkamp

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Graphic History Series
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of comic books, including the Zinc Alloy series and the adventures of Bike Rider, and many chapter books for DC Comics. Donald lives in Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, and their not-so-golden retriever, Paulie.

Tod Smith grew up in Rhode Island, where he attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He started working in comics in the 1980s, and has been an illustrator for comics and books ever since. He loves to play music in his free time, and when he was in middle school, the Beatles inspired him to start to play the guitar. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Candace.

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