From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes
the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery
crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in
the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti-
and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in
the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent.
Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.
Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little
Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually
Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in
1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.
An absorbing mixture of history and imagination and told with
McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is
both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival. Download and start listening now!