Novelist and Award Winning Childrens Book Author Jerdine Nolen

Eliza’s Freedom Road

“A story of hope, determination, and the triumph of the human spirit.”
— Alma Powell, wife of former Secretary of State Colin Powell

“Like the young slave girl who watches a cook ‘stirring tears intostew,” Nolen stirs Eliza’s sad and frightening diary into a rich, empowering story.  There’s enough history here to make this required reading, but the urgency of Eliza’s voice makes this trip back in time a compelling page turner brimming with authentic details.  Jerdine Nolen truly brings Eliza to life and puts you right on the road north with her…the road to freedom.”
— Pat Cummings, Author / Illustrator

“The best stories take us on a journey, make us happy to have gone along for the ride, and leave us a bit saddened to have reached the end.  This is such a story.”
— Nikki Grimes, Poet

“This is not a book for yesterday but rather for tomorrow. I’m so glad Jerdine Nolen had the imagination and courage to write this. Read it now to your children so that they will read it to your grandchildren so that it will be read on and on. History and imagination is how we survive.”
— Nikki Giovanni, poet

It is 1854 in Alexandria, Virginia. Eliza’s mother has been sent away and it is Abbey, the cook, who looks after Eliza, when Eliza isn’t taking care of the Mistress. Eliza has the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told to keep her close. When her Mistress’s health begins to fail and Eliza overhears the Master talk of Eliza being traded, Eliza takes to the night. She follows the path and the words of the farmhand Old Joe, “ … travel the night … sleep the day. Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” All the while, Eliza recites the stories her mother taught her along her Freedom Road from Maryland to St. Catherine’s, Canada.

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