Freedom Song by Sally M. Walker
The Story of Henry "Box" Brown

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Henry “Box” Brown’s 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 Henry’s determination and courage, Sibert Medal–winning 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 Sally M. Walker

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Sally M. Walker’s many award-winning books bring history and science alive for young readers. Her books include the Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Secrets Of A Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H. L. Hunley and the Revolutionary War story The 18 Penny Goose (an I Can Read Book). Ms. Walker lives in DeKalb, Illinois. Sean Qualls is the Coretta Scott King Honor illustrator of Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane , by Carole Boston Weatherford. His art appears in many children’s books, including Little Cloud and Lady Wind, by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, and Giant Steps to Change the World, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee. Mr. Qualls lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Published January 3, 2012 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With the help of abolitionist friends, he built a box barely big enough for his large frame and mailed himself to Philadelphia and “freedom-land.” Walker, winner of the Sibert Medal, captures the spirit and resolve of the man through her graceful writing and inclusion of songs of praise.

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In a loose, poetic narrative tracing the life of Henry Brown, a Virginia slave who mailed himself to freedom, Walker (Blizzard of Glass) underscores what song meant to Henry.

Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Freedom Song: The Story of He...

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