Freedom Train

Freedom Train

by Evelyn Coleman


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Now in paperback, an enthralling account of a young boy’s struggle to help freedom triumph over fear in the 1940s American South.

It’s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother who guards the Freedom Train—a train that is traveling to all forty-eight states carrying the country’s most important documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Clyde is chosen to say the Freedom Pledge at the train’s stop in Atlanta, but his terrible stage fright forces him to refuse the honor. Instead, it’s the class bully, Phillip, who gets selected, and he begins to torment Clyde. When an African-American boy saves him from a beating, Clyde is shocked. Especially when he learns that William lives in the white part of town. How can this be? And why can’t he bring himself to be friends with William?

Clyde hasn’t told his parents he won’t perform the pledge, nor has he mentioned his confusing friendship with a boy of color. So when the townspeople threaten William’s family, Clyde has a choice to make: Will he keep quiet, or stand up for real freedom?

Ideal for classrooms, Freedom Train contains historical photos of the Freedom Train and its guards, as well as an author’s note that provides additional information about the history of the Freedom Train.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442436527
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,214,331
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Evelyn Coleman's books include To Be a Drum, White Socks Only, The Riches of Oseola McCarty, a Smithsonian Notable Book and a Carter G. Woodson Honor Book, and Born in Sin. Ms. Coleman lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received the Atlanta Mayor's fellowship for achievement in children's literature. Visit Evelyn online at

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best and touching books I have ever read. I was abou 9 or so when I first read it. Loved and still love it! All ages should read this
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
This novel offers an important history lesson. **Freedom has a price. If one person is not free, then we all are not free. A quote from the front cover, "Sometimes you have to fight for what's right." This work of fiction, based on facts of the past, is well written, insightful, educational, and enlightening. Based on the protagonist's emotions and mind-set the readers will "feel" the injustices many people of the South felt and experienced during the 1940s and 1950s in the United States of America, as the country was moving away from segregation. This story is one of many stories told about the stage being set to move toward the Civil Rights movement in America. The tale of the "Freedom Train" will offer readers some history and probably truly bless them for reading about the Thomason family and the Dobbs family. A touching moment occurs on pages 124 to 125. *Quality reading material. *Worthwhile reading for its historical value. *Reminder of the changes that have occurred in America since the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to Little women. Mother is Tracy. Two boys and two girls. One of each have wings. Only one day old. Let her know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Followed after him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago