Chasing the North Star

Chasing the North Star

Morgan, Robert, 1944-


First edition.

Physical Description
308 pages ; 24 cm

Subject Term
Fugitive slaves -- Fiction.
African American teenagers -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Slavery -- United States -- Fiction.

Geographic Term
United States -- History -- 1815-1861 -- Fiction.

Historical fiction.

On a moonless night in the spring of 1851, a young slave makes a bid for freedom with only the North Star to guide him. Novelist and historian Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of a runaway slave named Jonah Williams, who, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born with only a few saved coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back. No shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, hiding during the day and running through the night. Although Jonah eludes the men sent to capture him, the one person who never loses his trail is Angel, a slave girl he meets in North Carolina, remarkably free in spirit, who sees Jonah as her way to freedom and sets out to follow him. Morgan's clear, simple prose brings an urgency and authenticity to this spellbinding story of two teenage runaways and their terrifying world.

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