Night Boat to Freedom

Paperback | December 23, 2008

byMargot Theis RavenIllustratorE. B. Lewis

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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.

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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 J...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10.65 × 9.74 × 0.14 inPublished:December 23, 2008Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312550189

ISBN - 13:9780312550189

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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"A powerful new picture book. Watercolor paintings . . . match the mood and theme." -The Chicago Sun-Times"Words and pictures work perfectly together, making sound from silence and light from darkness." -Booklist, Starred Review"Lewis's watercolors beautifully capture the loving relationship between Granny Judith and Christmas John. . . . Handsome and affecting." -Kirkus Reviews"A rich story for adults and children to share." -School Library Journal"The runaways' success is joyfully triumphant, but perhaps the most moving aspect of the work is Lewis's watercolor paintings, which skillfully manipulate light and shadow to create two parallel worlds." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books