Out of Slavery
Out of Slavery
The Journey to Amazing Grace
Tundra Books (NY), Hardcover, 9780887769153, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
John Newton led a rich life. He was a God-fearing man and a successful seafaring trader; his cargo was a lucrative business, for his wares were human beings. In 1748, Newton's ship, the Greyhound, sailed the triangular trade route from Liverpool to Africa and on to Antigua as it had many times before. But on one journey, at the height of the slave trade, a storm raged. Feeling all was lost, Newton prayed that if he were spared, he would leave the cruel world of slave trading behind forever. That night, Newton's prayers were answered, and true to his word, he turned his back on the slave trade. In fact, he went on to become an ardent abolitionist. Among Newton's many achievements, his greatest legacy would be the most beloved hymn of all: Amazing Grace.
Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace is the story of slavery as well as the man and the hymn.
Janet Wilson is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines and picture books, including In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae, which won
the inaugural Red Cedar Award for Nonfiction and the Municipal Chapter I.O.D.E. Award for Children s Books. She lives in Eden Mills, Ontario."
“The depth of research in the text is admirable and the prose tells the story without excuses or moralizing. Janet Wilson’s illustrations are equally exceptional; each page beautifully captures the era without affectation or melodrama.”
— Highly Recommended — Children’s Book Review Annual 1997