A tale set against a backdrop of slave rights conflicts in the nineteenth-century Chesapeake Bay region finds young runaway Liz Spocott inadvertently inspiring a slave breakout from the attic prison of a notorious slave thief who vengefully calls slave catcher Denwood Long out of retirement. 100,000 first printing.
After Liz, a runaway slave in America before emancipation, is struck on the head she begins to have visions of the future of African-Americans, through civil rights and up into the modern era. James McBride's novel alternates between Liz's adventures as she heads north and her prophetic dreams. The result is a combination of an exciting adventure and a meditative consideration on the nature of freedom.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels