Monday, January 12, 2015

Passenger on the Pearl

Idgie Says:
The Passenger on the Pearl does not come out until January 13th, - it's an Algonquin Young Readers publication - about a group of escaping slaves whose boat doesn't make the journey.......and what happens next.  

A great educational, yet entertaining book for the young readers in your home. 

Read more about it HERE.


 The page-turning, heart-wrenching true story of one young woman willing to risk her safety and even her life for a chance at freedom in the largest slave escape attempt in American history.

In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold into even crueler conditions. Passenger on the Pearl is the story of this thwarted escape, of the ramifications of its attempt, and of a family for whom freedom was the ultimate goal.

Through an engaging narrative, informative sidebars, and more than fifty period photographs and illustrations, Winifred Conkling takes readers on Emily Edmonson’s journey from enslaved person to teacher at a school for African American young women. Conkling illuminates a turbulent time in American history, showing the daily lives of enslaved people, the often-changing laws affecting them, the high cost of a failed escape, and the stories of slave traders and abolitionists.

Passenger on the Pearl tells the story of thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson and five of her siblings’ part in the largest slave escape in U.S. history on a schooner called The Pearl in 1848.  Conkling writes about realities of day-to-day life in the antebellum U.S., and readers meet abolitionists like Harriet Beecher Stowe, who made Emily and her sister Mary models for characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 

  Full of historical images, maps, ledgers, and diagrams, Passenger on the Pearl is not just a riveting read but also an amazing educational resource. In addition to the primary source material, the book is rich with historical detail.