Under the Quilt of Night

with audio recording

Illustrated by James E. Ransome
LIST PRICE $7.99
About The Book

When night falls, and all is quiet, a slave girl starts to run. She follows the moon into the woods, leading her loved ones away from their master. There's only one place where he might not find them, and it's under the quilt of night.
Guided by the stars, they head north in the direction of freedom. At last, the girl sees a quilt -- the quilt with a center square made from deep blue fabric -- and knows it's a signal from friends on the Underground Railroad, welcoming her into their home. And so she steps forward...
Deborah Hopkinson and James E. Ransome team up again, in this stunning companion to Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Ransome's rich, powerful illustrations elicit all the emotion and suspense of Hopkinson's words, in a story that's sure to make your heart race and leave you breathless.

About The Author
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Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her onlinw at DeborahHopkinson.com.

About The Illustrator
Photograph courtesy of author

James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations for Before She Was Harriett received the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. His other award-winning titles include the Coretta Scott King winner The Creation; Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s BarbershopSweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; and Let My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award. He frequently collaborates with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome. Some of their titles include Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams, which received four starred review and was an ALA Notable book; My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey; and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com

Product Details
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 2013)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481406284
  • Grades: K - 5
  • Ages: 5 - 10
  • Lexile ® 580L

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Raves and Reviews

Horn Book Expresses the poignant range of emotions experienced by slavves who risked the journey to freedom.

Multicultural Review This superb book provides a wonderful experince for all, young or old.

Chicago Sun-Times Exquisite.

Awards and Honors
  • ILA/CBC Children's Choices
  • Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Master List (OR)
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