BH: Illustrator Liz Zunon signs and discusses her newest book, Martha and The Slave Catchers

Thirteen-year-old Martha and seven-year-old Jake must do what adults cannot to ensure their own and others' freedom.

Martha Bartlett has a secret. Her life has already been changed by the Underground Railroad. Now the safety of her younger brother Jake depends on her willingness to risk her own life to bring Jake home to their abolitionist community in Connecticut. It's 1854 and though all people in the North are supposed to be free, seven-year-old Jake, the orphan of a fugitive slave, learns otherwise. Using aliases, disguises, and other subterfuges, his older sister Martha struggles to elude slave catchers while adhering to her parents' admonition to always tell the truth. Being perceived sometimes as white, sometimes as black during a perilous journey also throws her sense of her own identity into turmoil. Alonso combines fiction and historical fact to weave a suspenseful story of courage, hope, and self-discovery in the aftermath of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, while illuminating the bravery of abolitionists who fought against slavery.

About the Author

Harriet Hyman Alonso is the author of five books, including the prize-winning biography Growing Up Abolitionist: The Story of the Garrison Children, and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship. In 2017, the Peace History Society, an affiliate of the American Historical Association, awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a professor emerita of history at the City College of New York. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Martha and the Slave Catchers is her first novel. Visit her website at http: // Elizabeth Zunon lives in Albany, New York, and creates art influenced by her tropical childhood in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. She illustrates with a mix of oil paint and collage in such picture books as The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, and many others.
Event date: 
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
Martha and the Slave Catchers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609808006
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Published: Triangle Square - November 21st, 2017

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