32 pages, 8.3 × 10.4 × 0.35 in
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 its abolition.
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 map endpapers.
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