In Escape by Night, Ten-year-old Tommy and his sister Annie are intrigued by the new soldiers arriving in their Georgia town. Since the Civil War started, wounded men waiting to be treated at the local church-turned-hospital have been coming in by droves. When Tommy sees a soldier drop his notebook, he sends his dog, Samson, to fetch it. Tommy soon meets the soldier and is faced with the hardest decision he's ever had to make: whether or not he should help a Yankee escape to freedom.
Filled with intriguing suspense and tackling difficult questions about slavery, this story, told in accessible short chapters by Laurie Myers, will appeal to history buffs as well as those who appreciate a faithful dog.
Amy June Bates is also the illustrator of Speak to Me (And I Will Listen between the Lines) by Karen English. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“The succinct and simply written narrative will appeal to reluctant and younger-grade readers while the full-page black-and-white pen-and-ink sketches provide the visual time and epoch setting of the story.” —School Library Journal
“A genuine young hero learns the meaning of friendship, loyalty and freedom in this suspenseful Civil War vignette.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sharp historical fiction, adeptly streamlined for reluctant readers.” —Publishers Weekly
“This quick and exciting chapter book isn't shy about advancing a moral message but does so with a light touch, allowing Tommy to arrive naturally at his convictions.” —Booklist