Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

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Grades K - 3Grades 1 - 5Q3.01260
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday -- his first day of freedom.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published on January 1, 2007 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 043977733X
ISBN-13: 9780439777339
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  • cutipup200511
    cutipup200511Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 11:22 am55 stars
    I like the book but not the part when he lies so he can get to freedom because he did not like working for a white man who would boss him around so he Put something on his hand that burned a hole right through it so when he was bandaged up by his master and shipped himself to Philadelphia to get away from slavery and he finally had a real birthday.
    • 1dgirl<3zaynTuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:31 pm
      i love this book such a great booooook great plot too but its sad that henery gets his family taken away
      • majorerika6
        majorerika6Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm55 stars
        I loved this book once again it looks like a little kids story but its not really
        • tmaretz
          tmaretzSunday, February 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm
          I read this at my library at my school and it is a great book and I recommend it to all readers
          • rogerst07
            Mrs. RogersFriday, February 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm
            This is an excellent book to show what ends slaves would go through to be free.

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