Freedom Song

The Story of Henry "Box" Brown

By Sally M. Walker; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
(HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780060583101, 40pp.)

Publication Date: January 2012

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Description

Henry Box Browns ingenious escape from slavery is celebrated for its daring and originality. Throughout his life, Henry was fortified by music, family, and a dream of freedom. When he seemed to lose everything, he forged these elements into the song that sustained him through the careful planning and execution of his perilous journey to the North.

Honoring Henrys determination and courage, Sibert Medalwinning author Sally M. Walker weaves a lyrical, moving story of the human spirit. And in nuanced illustrations, Sean Qualls captures the moments of strength, despair, and gratitude that highlight the remarkable story of a man determined to be free.




About the Author
Sally M. Walker has brought science to life in more than fifty books for young readers. Her meticulous research and stirring storytelling in Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley won her the prestigious Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Medal in 2006. She also won acclaim for Fossil Fish Found Alive, an ALA Notable title. In Written in Bone, she brings that same skill and scholarship to uncover the stories of people from the colonial era. She worked alongside scientists, forensic anthropologists, and archivists as they excavated and studied skeletons, burial practices, and remnants found in Virginia and Maryland. Ms. Walker lives in De Kalb, Illinois.

Sean Qualls received a Coretta Scott King Honor award for his illustrations in Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, and has published many other acclaimed books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family. Visit his website at www.seanqualls.com.


Praise For Freedom Song

Poetic
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Qualls’s primitive-style collage illustrations strongly convey the depth of Brown’s emotions.
-School Library Journal (starred review)

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