What scares the head is best done with the heart.
When Granny Judith asks twelve-year-old Christmas John to row Molly across the river from Kentucky to the Free State of Ohio, he's terrified. But Granny Judith reassures him. So Christmas John begins the first of many dangerous journeys. And each passing day brings hope that Granny and John can find their own freedom, just across the river.
Night Boat to Freedom is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
About the Author
Margot Raven and E. B. Lewis collaborated on Circle Unbroken (available in paperback from Square Fish), a Booklist Top 10 Black History Book for Youth. The author lives in Charleston, South Carolina; the artist, a Caldecott Honor Medalist, lives in Folsom, New Jersey.