Eliza's Freedom Road by Jerdine Nolen
An Underground Railroad Diary

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It is 1852 in Alexandria, Virginia. An orphaned slave, twelve-year-old Eliza has only the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told. Stories become Eliza’s lifeline to freedom after she takes to the night upon learning she will soon be traded. “Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” With the words of Old Joe, the farmhand, in her ears, Eliza travels by night and sleeps by day, keeping her diary along the way.

Thoroughly researched by award-winning author Jerdine Nolin, Eliza’s Freedom Road brings to life a historical period of pain and triumph. Vivid details and the emotional nature of Eliza’s journal make her journey along the Underground Railroad powerful, accessible, and poignant.

About Jerdine Nolen

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JERDINE NOLEN is the author of many beloved picture books, including Plantzilla and Raising Dragons, which won the Christopher Award and was a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children. She lives in Maryland.KADIR NELSON has illustrated many popular books for children, including Just the Two of Us by Will Smith and Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. He lives in California.
Published January 4, 2011 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 160 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eleven-year-old Eliza keeps a journal of her life as a slave on a farm in Alexandria, Va., in 1845.

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Because Mistress taught her to read and write, Eliza sometimes reads the newspaper to Mistress so Eliza knows what is going on out in the world, beyond the confines of the farm.

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