New Releases

Happy early book birthday to Passenger on the Pearl, which comes out January 13!

pearlPassenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery by Winifred Conkling
Algonquin Young Readers

In 1848, Emily Edmonson, thirteen, along with five siblings and seventy other enslaved people, boarded the “Pearl “in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., in a bid to reach freedom. “Passenger on the Pearl” illustrates a turbulent time in American history as seen through the daily lives of enslaved people; the often changing laws affecting them; the high cost of a failed attempt to reach liberty; the fate of all fourteen of the Edmonson children and their mother, Milly, whose goal to die a free woman shaped the lives of all her children; and the stories of the slave traders and abolitionists whose lives intersected with the Edmonsons .With more than fifty period photographs and illustrations. [Summary and image via Goodreads]