Night Boat to Freedom

Margot Theis Raven; Illustrated by E.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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Praise for Night Boat to Freedom

“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

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Margot Theis Raven; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

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.

Margot Theis Raven
E. B. Lewis


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Night Boat to Freedom
Margot Theis Raven; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Beacon of Freedom Award Nominee, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, IRA Teachers' Choices, Book Sense Children's Pick, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Booklist Editors' Choice, Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Master List, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List

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Trade Paperback
Square Fish
December 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312550189
ISBN10: 0312550189
Picture Book
10 x 10 3/4 inches, 40 pages, Full-color illustrations
Age Range: 6 to 9
Grade Range: 1 to 4 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 920LL
F&P Level A-Z: S
AR Quiz Number: 110259
AR Points: 0.5


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