Escape by Night

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Escape by Night

A Civil War Adventure

By Laurie Myers; Amy June Bates (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805088250, 120pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2011


Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hardest decision he's ever had to make: whether or not he should help a Yankee escape to freedom.

Filled with intriguing suspense and tackling difficult questions about slavery, this story, told in accessible short chapters, will appeal to history buffs as well as those who appreciate a faithful dog.

About the Author
Laurie Myers is the author of several well-received books for intermediate readers, including "Lewis and Clark and Me" and collections of stories that she collaborated on with her mother Betsy Byars and sister, Betsy Duffey: "My Dog, My Hero"; "Dog Diaries"; and "Cat Diaries." Ms. Myers lives with her family in Augusta, Georgia. Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including "The Dog Who Belonged to No One" by Amy Hest and "Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight" by Kathleen Krull. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Praise For Escape by Night

“The succinct and simply written narrative will appeal to reluctant and younger-grade readers while the full-page black-and-white pen-and-ink sketches provide the visual time and epoch setting of the story.” --School Library Journal "A genuine young hero learns the meaning of friendship, loyalty and freedom in this suspenseful Civil War vignette.” --Kirkus Reviews “Sharp historical fiction, adeptly streamlined for reluctant readers." --Publishers Weekly "This quick and exciting chapter book isn’t shy about advancing a moral message but does so with a light touch, allowing Tommy to arrive naturally at his convictions.” --Booklist