Under the Quilt of Night

Illustrated by James E. Ransome
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About The Book

Award-winning duo Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome combine their talents once more for this sequel to the best-selling Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Traveling late one night, a runaway slave girl spies a quilt hanging outside a house. The quilt's center is a striking deep blue -- a sign that the people inside are willing to help her escape. Can she bravely navaigate the complex world of the Underground Railroad and lead her family to freedom?

About The Author

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Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at www.deborahhopkinson.com.

About The Illustrator

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James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations for Before She Was Harriett received the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s BarbershopSweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; and Let My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award. He frequently collaborates with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome. Some of their titles include Game Changers: The Story of Venus Serena Williams, which received four starred reviews; My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey; and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (January 2005)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689877001
  • Grades: K - 5
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Lexile ® 580L ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetricsĀ®

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Raves and Reviews

Horn Book Expresses the poignant range of emotions experienced by slavves who risked the journey to freedom.

Multicultural Review This superb book provides a wonderful experince for all, young or old.

Chicago Sun-Times Exquisite.

Awards and Honors

  • ILA/CBC Children's Choices
  • Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Master List (OR)

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