Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport
(Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)

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Describes an incident in the life of John Parker, an ex-slave who became a successful businessman in Ripley, Ohio, and who repeatedly risked his life to help other slaves escape to freedom.
 

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Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking ap Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking approach to multicultural history and literature for young reaproach to multicultural history and literature for young readers. Her many books include "Victory or Death: Stories of tders. Her many books include "Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of Ahe American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians;" and "Martin's Big Words", winner of the Jamerican Indians;" and "Martin's Big Words", winner of the Jane Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time ne Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New Yorbetween New York City and a rural village in upstate New York. k. BRYAN COLLIER is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book "Uptown". He received Caldecott Honors for the books "Martin's Big Words" by Doreen Rappaport, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; "Rosa" by Nikki Giovanni, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and, most recently, and "Dave the Potter" by Laban Carrick Hill. Mr. Collier lives in New York.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Hyperion. 23 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Before the Civil War, John Parker, an ex-slave, successful businessman, and resident of the free state of Ohio crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky (a slave state) and risked his own life to free those still in bondage.

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FREEDOM RIVER highlights the life of John Parker, an ex-slave (he bought his freedom) living in Kentucky who helped other African Americans escape slavery via the Underground Railroad and cross the Ohio River to freedom.

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