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Grace has grown up in slavery. As difficult as life on the Virginia plantation is, at least she has her family: Momma, her younger brothers, Thomas and Willy, Aunt Sara, and Uncle Jim. When she overhears Master and Mistress plotting to sell her brothers, she and her family decide to run away that same night. But without time to plan their escape and go north along the Underground Railroad, their only choice is to head deep into the woods of the Dismal Swamp—a remote wilderness, filled with wild animals; daily searches for food, water, and shelter; and the ever present anxiety of being caught.

Historians have recently discovered evidence of the Dismal Swamp, and a community of slaves who sought refuge there. Ann Burg’s unflinching story, written in her signature luminous verse, sheds light on this little-known story and the courage of a people who risked everything for the chance to be free.

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  • “Strong readers will appreciate the rhythmic flow of the poetry and the well-executed pacing…This is an ideal selection for classrooms and libraries and would incorporate easily into history and social studies curricula across a wide grade range.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A combination of historical precision, honesty, and adventure…Beautifully done.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Bahni Turpin embraces the emotions of nine-year-old Grace while delivering the cadences of Burg’s novel in verse…In depicting Grace’s encounters with the cold-hearted Missus, Turpin captures the child’s visceral fear…Turpin dramatically portrays how Grace counters heartbreak with heroism and shame with a spirited sense of self.”


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