Robert Smalls Sails to Freedom
From the Series On My Own History
Quickly and quietly, Robert Smalls headed the ship out of the Charleston Harbor. Across the wide river was the Northern Army and freedom for slaves like him. On Robert’s side of the river was the Southern Army and Robert’s master. Robert knew his master would never give him freedom. Now was his chance to escape. Robert steered the ship into the open water. He could see the nearby forts of the Southern Army and their cannons ready to fire. The Southern soldiers would capture Robert if they could. Could he sail across hidden by the darkness of night? Could he pass by in disguise?
|Grade 2 - Grade 4
|5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
|Lerner Publishing Group
|On My Own Books
|Millbrook Press ™
|JNF025270, JNF018010, JNF057020
|Guided Reading Level
|ATOS Reading Level
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz
|Accelerated Reader® Points
|Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Pronunciation guide, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides
Author: Susan Taylor Brown
Illustrator: Felicia Marshall
Felicia Marshall draws on her childhood experiences in rural Texas for her illustrations. Her most recent book, Beautiful Shades of Brown, was an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Eureka Honor Book, and won the Northern Lights Book Award.
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On My Own History
With striking, full-page illustrations, real and fictionalized characters, and stories featuring events that really happened, these books capture readers’ interest and imagination. View available downloads →
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