The son of an enslaved blacksmith learns that his father is using the rhythm of his hammering to communicate with travelers on the Underground Railroad.
"A plausible, powerful vision of ingenuity and daring in action." ―Publishers Weekly
When Pa falls ill, it's up to his son to help others along the journey―and also lead his family's escape.
Pa works hard as a blacksmith. But he's got another important job to do as well: using his anvil to pound out the traveling rhythm―a message to travelers on the Underground Railroad. His son wants to help, but Pa keeps putting him off. Then one day, Pa falls ill, and the boy has to take over.
A little-known piece of history comes to life in Elizabeth Van Steenwyk's absorbing, fictional story, exquisitely illustrated by Anna Rich. Ripe with themes of bravery, community, family, freedom, and hope, the award-winning book is perfect for Black and Civil War-era history units.
Best Children's Books of the Year (Starred) --Bank Street College of Education
Parents' Choice Recommended Award --Parents' Choice Foundation
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Grades 4-6) --The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Intermediate)―Kansas National Education Association
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