When I saw this book on the shelves of my school library, I knew from the cover that it was about slaves or runaways, due to the cover image was of an African American boy running out of the black abyss in ripped up clothing. This is a historical fiction which contains 256 pages of pure amazing writing. Shelley Pearsall's writing style really makes you look at normal every day things differently. The way she describes the objects makes you feel like they are right next to you. Even though this book is for the reading level of kids age 9-11, as a teen, I recommend this for anyone of any age group. This is a perfect book for any English teachers who want to pick a book to read with the class. It has the right amount of chapters, and each chapter is a maximum of 12 pages. The suspense Shelley Pearsall makes in the books makes it feel like you're actually in the story, right next to Samuel and Harrison, right by their side, on their journey to freedom to Canada. This book has a Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.