Addy Walker's family is planning a dangerous escape from slavery in the summer of 1864. But before they can make the escape, the worst happens—Master Stevens decides to sell some of his slaves, including Poppa and Addy’s brother, Sam. Addy and Momma take the terrible risk of escaping by themselves, hoping that the family eventually will be together again in Philadelphia. Set during America’s own struggle over slavery, the Civil War, Addy’s story is one of great courage and love—love of family and love of freedom.
Paperback: 80 pages 6.125" W x 8.5" H Ages 8 and up
1994 Children's Choice Award, Children's Book Council/International Reading Association
The Horn Book, Inc.: Without romanticizing a shameful period in American history, the compelling and gripping narratives focus on Addy, a young girl enslaved in North Carolina who escapes to freedom with her mother, and her struggles as a free person trying to learn to read. Each book ends with an informative synopsis of the African-American experience during the time period. (1994)