Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary

Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary

by Jerdine Nolen, Shadra Strickland
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Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary by Jerdine Nolen, Shadra Strickland

It is 1852 in Alexandria, Virginia. An orphaned slave, twelve-year-old Eliza has only the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told. Stories become Eliza’s lifeline to freedom after she takes to the night upon learning she will soon be traded. “Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” With the words of Old Joe, the farmhand, in her ears, Eliza travels by night and sleeps by day, keeping her diary along the way.

Thoroughly researched by award-winning author Jerdine Nolin, Eliza’s Freedom Road brings to life a historical period of pain and triumph. Vivid details and the emotional nature of Eliza’s journal make her journey along the Underground Railroad powerful, accessible, and poignant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442417236
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 612,263
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jerdine Nolen is the beloved author of many award-winning books, including Big Jabe, Thunder Rose (a Coretta Scott King Illlustrator Honor Book), and Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year), all illustrated by Kadir Nelson. She is also the author of Eliza’s Freedom Road, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, which was an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction Nominee for Young Adults; Raising Dragons, illustrated by Elise Primavera, which received the Christopher Award; and Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm, illustrated by Mark Buehner, which won the Kentucky Bluegrass Award. Her other books include Plantizilla, illustrated by David Catrow, which was a BOOKSENSE 76 Selection, and Irene’s Wish, illustrated by A.G. Ford, which Kirkus Reviews called “delightful and memorable” in a starred review. Ms. Nolen is an educator and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Shadra Strickland studied, design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and later went on to complete her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009 for her work in her first picture book, Bird, written by Zetta Elliott. Strickland co-illustrated Our Children Can Soar, winner of a 2010 NAACP Image Award. She teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her online at ShadraStrickland.com.

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Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bookworm2341 More than 1 year ago
This book is very good for diplaying what slaves had to go through to get to the Underground Railroad for a younger age group. I highly reccomend it for 4th and 5th graders
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fair story but since it is fictional the impact it has on the reader is minimal.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacha said it was ard