The Secret to Freedomby Marcia Vaughan, Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
In 1860, 11-year-old Lucy and her brother Albert despair when their parents are sold off the plantation. One day Albert brings home a sack of ordinary-looking old quilts. But in fact their patterns are secret messages to slaves to help them plan their escape via the Underground Railroad. When Albert�s activities are exposed, he flees � with a gift from Lucy, a quilt square with the North Star stitched on it.
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This book is fantastic. The writing style takes the reader into the time and place of the story. Lucy and Albert are real enough to touch. The connection from beginning to end is remarkable. My students have asked me to read it time and time again. It is a treasure.