Passenger on the Pearl

The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery
by Winifred Conkling

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The page-turning, heart-wrenching true story of one young woman willing to risk her safety and even her life for a chance at freedom in the largest slave escape attempt in American history.

In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people...
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Published By Algonquin Young Readers

Format Paperback


Number Of Pages 176

Publication Date 01/26/2016

ISBN 9781616205508

Dimensions 6.75 inches x 9 inches

“Edmundson’s life story is compelling and inspiring. It provides the perfect hook for readers into the horrors of slavery . . . This is a great introduction into a little-known but important historical figure and a fascinating look at the impact of a lesser-known abolishment attempt.” —VOYA

“Conkling’s work is intricate and detailed . . . This is a strong and well-sourced resource.” —School Library Journal

Passenger is a great resource for teaching young readers about the tragedy of slavery, as experienced by a girl their own age.” —Historical Novels Review

“Clearly written, well-documented, and chock full of maps, sidebars, and reproductions of photographs and engravings, the fascinating volume covers a lot of history in a short space. Conkling uses the tools of a novelist to immerse readers in Emily's experiences. A fine and harrowing true story behind an American classic.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Conkling is a fine narrator . . . Readers familiar with the trials of Solomon Northup will find this equally involving.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“[Conkling] provides an effective antidote to the oversimplified picture of slavery in America painted by some outdated textbooks.” —Booklist Online