Steal Away

Jennifer Armstrong, Author Orchard Books (NY) $15.95 (206p) ISBN 978-0-531-05983-8
In the fall of 1896 elderly Susannah McKnight coaxes her granddaughter Mary to travel with her to Canada to visit someone Mary regards as an ``old slave woman.'' Mary's vision of Bethlehem Reid is shattered, however, when she hears an amazing story of undying friendship and courage. As young girls Susannah and Bethlehem helped each other escape to the North: for Bethlehem, freedom; for Susannah, a return to the home she loved. Rich and emotionally resonant, this compelling, true story is told in compassionate, lush language; delighting not only in its poetic imagery and uncompromising clarity of expression but in the suspense and adventure of the girls' flight to personal liberty. Bethlehem and Susannah's friendship, born of circumstance and necessity, is never sentimentalized but remains fierce and heartbreaking to the last. This powerful, moving and thought-provoking narrative is sure to stay with readers long after it is finished. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/02/1992
Release date: 03/01/1992
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-7857-2452-0
Prebound-Other - 206 pages - 978-0-606-05623-6
Hardcover - 206 pages - 978-0-531-08583-7
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-0-590-46921-0
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