It's 1838, and James has made a secret plan to escape Master Graham's farm—and slavery. James kneels down to tell his dog Zeus he has to stay behind, because Zeus is simply too noisy to bring along on a dangerous nighttime journey.
But when two white men capture James soon after he runs, he's grateful his faithful hunting dog didn't obey. Zeus has followed behind, and the scrappy hound rescues James from his captors. The boy and his dog are free for the moment, but hunger, cold, slave-catching dogs, and the wide Ohio River still lie between them and freedom.
Night Running pairs a Caldecott Honor artist and an award-winning historical fiction writer in a gripping and luminously illustrated journey to freedom.
About Elisa Carbone
“Novels are teaching tools. While the imagination is entertained, the brain absorbs all sorts of information about human nature, history, or how to make guacamole. That’s the fun of writing—I get to teach and entertain at the same time.”—Elisa Carbone
Elisa Carbone’s historical novel Stealing Freedom was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elisa Carbone used to teach in the Speech Communications department at the University of Maryland, but now she is enjoying being a full-time writer and part-time rock climber, windsurfer, and white-water kayaker. “The physical exertion of the sports balances out the mental exertion of writing,” she says. She loves doing the research required to write historical fiction and is fascinated by the small details of everyday life in the past. Ms. Carbone’s “Sarah” books (Starting School with an Enemy and Sarah and the Naked Truth) have been praised for their accessibility to reluctant readers.
AUTHOR FUN FACTS
Born: January 2 in Washington, DC
Previous jobs: Taught in the Speech Communications department at the University of Maryland. Before that, I’d been a dance teacher and taught piano and guitar lessons.
Inspiration for writing: Things that make me laugh and fascinating stories from the past that have not yet been told.
Favorite foods: Baked potatoes (boring, huh?)
Favorite clothes to wear: Sweatpants with T-shirts in the summer and a sweater in the winter—and sandals all year round!
Favorite colors: Purple! I wear purple virtually every day, and even buy purple climbing ropes and paint my toenails purple.
Favorite books: Any book that makes me laugh or is beautifully written.
“Imaginatively and sensitively adapted from the historical records, this portrait will evoke admiration for the courage of both those who resisted slavery and those who endured it.”—Starred, Publishers Weekly
“This historical novel combines the appeal of exciting escape adventure with authentic details of the time and place. Carbone’s research is meticulous.”—Booklist
SARAH AND THE NAKED TRUTH
“The spunky ten-year-old heroine of Starting School with an Enemy is back, and she’s welcome.”—Kirkus Reviews
STARTING SCHOOL WITH AN ENEMY
“This middle-grade novel belongs at the head of its class.”—Starred, Publishers Weekly
“Will keep even reluctant readers hooked until the end.”—School Library Journal
Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 2008:
"A vividly realized narrative, based on a true story."
WINNER 2008 Parents' Choice Recommended