Gr 4-6-When Pa learns that Master plans to sell five slaves, including his children, he and Mama flee into the night with Sally and Abraham. Following Joshua's star, named by Sally for the slave who alerted them to Master's plan, the family trades cotton picking for alligators, and runs from slave hunters and heartbreak before arriving in Seminole land. Woods precedes each chapter with poignant rhyming verse, presumably the songs that Sally has dreamed up to help her "keep her mind." Based on historical accounts, this novel provides readers with an alternative view of the realities of slavery-an escape to the South rather than North. Woods deftly teases out both the light and the dark moments of the experience, as seen in Sally's realization that she will never be entirely free from fear whether she is known by the last name Henderson or Little Song. This accessible tale will prove a rich resource for study and discussion.-Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The action is fast, the journey fraught with danger; the details bring it home. (Booklist, starred review)
Woods deftly teases out both the light and the dark moments of the experience. . . (School Library Journal)