Although Eliza’s mistress is kind, and has taught her to read and write, Eliza’s master is cruel. Eliza knows that it is only a matter of time before she will be sold away as her mother was. So, when presented with a chance to follow Harriet Tubman to freedom, Eliza doesn’t hesitate. With her she brings the story quilt her mother made her and an abiding love of those she left behind.
Written as journal entries, this historical novel portrays a young slave’s life during her final year as a slave and follows her journey to freedom. Although Eliza’s journey is dangerous, the novel doesn’t dwell on these dangers, instead it focuses on Eliza’s hope and friends that help her on her way. The stories Eliza shares with her fellow runaways highlight the importance of the strong oral tradition among American slaves. In an author’s note at the end of the novel, Nolen provides information about each of the stories Eliza tells. A bibliography is also included.
Reviewed by Melendra
Share and Enjoy
If you enjoyed this article please consider sharing it!