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In Race for Freedom, a slave trader is hot on the kids' trail, forcing the Freedom Seekers to realize that because of a fugitive slave law, Jordan can be taken back into slavery even from a free northern state, and that if caught with a fugitive slave, Captain Norstad can lose the Christina. As they race to St. Paul the stakes high and the kids are all forced to make a choice . . . can they live the courage that offers life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to every person?
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X 0.38 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Freedom Seekers
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Late at night, as the Christina puts out into the Mississippi River, Caleb and Libby keep watch on deck. Close by, the runaway slave, Jordan, creeps forward without a sound. Drawing near the lantern, he stops, as if afraid to enter the circle of light.
On the streets above them no one stirs. Then a dark shape steps from the shadows.
Jordan moans. "It's Riggs!" (The slave-trader.) The cruelest man Caleb knows. Jordan's owner stepping out, so they know he's on their trail.
From that moment the Freedom Seekers can never forget that because of a fugitive slave law Jordan can be taken back into slavery, even from a free northern state. Nor can they forget that if Captain Norstad is caught hiding a fugitive he can lose the Christina. Then Elsa, a new-found immigrant friend, faces illness and possible death.
Will Libby's need for courage bring her to the Lord who promises, "Do not fear, for I am with you"? Can the Freedom Seekers live the courage that offers life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to every person? Can they go beyond fear to put that courage into practice?
As steamboats race for St. Paul, stakes are high. To escape capture, Jordan makes a mighty leap. In a time when captains did not stop for a man overboard, will Jordan survive his fall into icy waters?
The Freedom Seekers series is a six-novel middle-reader set in 1857. Feel the rush of immigrants to the new land, and the dangers of the Underground Railroad in these true-to-life riverboat stories.The characters will receive a heart-warming response from readers of all ages. Adult readers will ask themselves, "Would I have been one of those who helped runaway slaves?" Lois Walfrid Johnson uses strong historical research, great writing, and wonderful storytelling to bring alive a critical time in American history.
RagdogsAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Values!November 26, 2013RagdogsAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Synopsis:
"A shadowy figure lurks on the dark riverfront near the Christina. Libby is sure that it must be the cruel slave driver Riggs, who has vowed that no slave of his will ever escape alive. Does Riggs suspect that the runaway Jordan is hiding on her pa's steamboat?
Track Libby, Caleb, and Jordan in the second book of the Freedom Seekers series as they race to keep Jordan free from the clutches of slavery."
I have always liked books about the Underground Railroad, and this book was an excellent story. Race for Freedom is book 2 in the Freedom Seekers series and I would suggest reading them in order, I say this because this is the first book I have read in the series and I seriously wish I would have read book 1!
However, just looking at the storyline, Race for Freedom has very good, realistic characters. The story was full of Christian morals and a little girl even comes to know the Lord as her personal Lord and Savior. There is some tense action, but nothing real graphic or bloody.
There are lessons throughout the book as well. Like not jumping to conclusions before you are sure of the facts. And not to just trust everyone you see because they look friendly.
I think Freedom Seekers would make a pretty good read-aloud series for the whole family. And again, I recommend reading them in order! I look forward to getting the rest of the series and finding out what happens next with Libby, Caleb, and Jordan.
"I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."