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By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

ISBN-10: 0439631564

ISBN-13: 9780439631563

ISBN-10: 157505342X

ISBN-13: 9781575053424

ISBN-10: 1575056747

ISBN-13: 9781575056746

Tells the tale of a tender girl's dramatic get away from slavery through the Underground Railroad, from the viewpoint of her loved rag doll.

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The silver-haired woman is closin’ up the floor. Lindy! Wait! But she can’t hear me, ‘cause I ain’t got no voice. The boards shut out the light. When the floorboards open again, sunlight shines in. The silver-haired woman comes down the ladder. “There you are,” she says, pickin’ me up. ” She straightens my dress. ” She sets me on a blanket and tucks it ‘round me. “Sleep tight,” she says, and carries the lantern and privy bucket up the ladder. Then she closes the floor. If I coulda made tears, them blankets woulda been wet clean through.

AUTHOR’S NOTE I WAS INSPIRED to write Almost to Freedom during a visit to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, a display of black rag dolls from the 1800s and 1900s immediately caught my attention. “The majority of the dolls were entirely handmade from scrap cloth,” my husband read from the museum guidebook. ” Yes, I thought, if only those dolls could talk. The Girard Collection, Case 8-12, Multiple Visions Exhibition,The Museum of International Folk Art (a unit of the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe) The Underground Railroad was most active between 1830 and the beginning of the Civil War in 1861.

Miz Rachel tucks some bread and cheese in her apron, and she and Lindy follow Mr. Henry up the ladder. They’re scramblin’ fast, and I feel myself slippin’. Then I’m fallin’, fallin’ till I hit that dirt floor. Lindy calls my name. The silver-haired woman is closin’ up the floor. Lindy! Wait! But she can’t hear me, ‘cause I ain’t got no voice. The boards shut out the light. When the floorboards open again, sunlight shines in. The silver-haired woman comes down the ladder. “There you are,” she says, pickin’ me up.

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