Illustrated by Shane Evans; Candlewick Press, 2002

Ever since the first boatload of human cargo sailed to the New World, African-Americans waged a courageous struggle for dignity and freedom. These true accounts put readers in the shoes of eleven extraordinary individuals and document many forms of slave resistance.


  • Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, Bank Street College of Education
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book: NCSS
  • New York Public Library 100 Books to Read and Share
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Title
  • Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
  • A Child Best Book of the Year


“The text and illustrations make a powerful statement about the horrors [of slavery], its traumatic effect on those who endured it, and the remarkable ability of the human spirit to face such adversity with courage and defiance. ” School Library Journal (starred review)

“An excellent account of the many ways in which slaves participated in bringing down the greatest evil in our nation’s history.”  Kirkus Reviews (starred Review)

“This is a handsome and inspiring book.” The Horn Book

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