has always been drawn to stories of people who struggled for justice, and of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. She was fascinated by Henry "Box" Brown, whose escape is recounted in The Underground Railroad
by William Still, first published in 1872. Ms. Levine was awed by Henry's ingenious idea and moved by his incredible courage. Among the author's award-winning books are Freedom's Children
, winner of the Jane Addams Peace Award and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Darkness Over Denmark
, a Jame Addams Peace Award Honor Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in New York City and Salem, New York.
's paintings for this book were inspired by an antique lithograph of Henry "Box" Brown, created by Samuel Roswe in 1850 as a fundraiser for the anti-slavery movement. To give the feel of the original lithograph, Mr. Nelson crosshatched pencil lines, and then applied layers of watercolour and oil paint. His award-winning books include Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange, which won the Coretta Scott King Award and was an ALA Notable Children's Book; and Just the Two of Us
by Will Smith, which received an NAACP Image Award. Mr. Nelson lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and two daughters.