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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

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A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.

When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him?

Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey: one following the North Star, the other following her heart.

Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering of the Underground Railroad speaks directly to our deepest sense of compassion.

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"Gorgeously rendered in soft, dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick, but unique in its accurate re-creation of a Civil War-era farm in northwestern Virginia.... An author’s note details the Civil War stories Cole heard as a young boy and underscores his intention of showing not the division, anger, and violence of the Civil War, but 'the courage of everyday people who were brave in quiet ways.'” -- Sara Lissa Paulson

"Cole conjures significant tension and emotional heft (his silent storytelling calls to mind Brian Selznick’s recent work) in this powerful tale of quiet camaraderie and courage." -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Henry Cole
Illustrator Henry Cole
ISBN 0545399971
Publication Date Nov 1, 2012
Publisher Scholastic Press
Award Winners Parents’ Choice Award
Language English