Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
A True Story from the Underground Railroad

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A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.
 

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Published January 1, 2007 by Scholastic Press. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nelson’s powerful portraits add a majestic element to Levine’s history-based tale of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who escaped by having himself mailed to freedom in a crate.

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An author's note at the end tells of the real Henry Brown and his Freedom Box on which this story was based.

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I tried it out on some very jaded 8th graders in the final weeks of school and was stunned to find that class after class was spellbound by Henry s story.

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