Dimensions: 32 pages, 8.3 × 10.4 × 0.35 in
Published: September 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0887763898
ISBN - 13: 9780887763892
From the Publisher
"Amazing Grace! (How sweet the sound!)"
The hymn's composer, John Newton, led a successful life as a
seafaring trader, sailing from Liverpool to Africa and on to
Antigua. His cargo was a lucrative one, for he traded in human
beings. It was the height of the slave trade, and he made his
terrible journey many times. But one night a storm raged. His ship
was almost lost. He prayed that if only salvation would come to "a
wretch like me," he would leave the slave trade and work towards
That night was a turning point in Newton's life. He became an
ardent abolitionist and a Methodist minister. But his greatest
legacy is "Amazing Grace."
This unique book is an excellent introduction to the history of
slavery and also contains the original text of the hymn, music, and
About the Author
Linda Granfield is the author of over 15
non-fiction titles for young readers which are very popular with
adult readers as well. Granfield's writings bring history to life
with such works as 97 Orchard Street, New York: Stories of
Immigrant Life, In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John
McCrae, Pier 21: Gateway of Hope, and the acclaimed
Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn. Linda Granfield
lives in Toronto.
Janet Wilson is a graduate of the Ontario College
of Art and her illustrations have appeared in magazines and picture
books including In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by
John McCrae and Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt. She
lives in Eden Mills, Ontario.
From Our Editors
This is the story of the man who brought us the hymn "Amazing
Grace." John Newton, a slave-trader turned abolitionist, penned
this popular hymn. Amazing Grace is more
than a biography of Newton, it is also an informative introduction
into the history of slavery and the origins of this ever-popular
and beloved hymn.
"An absorbing account of John Newton's life…artistic and dramatic
in both text and illustration."
- School Library Journal