Samuel is a fourteen-year-old enslaved African American in Brooklyn in 1776 when the fighting between the British and the colonists reaches his doorstep. “Liberty ain’t for Africans,” says fellow servants. “It got nothin’ to do with us.” But his friend Sana says, “Nobody here’s gonna be free unless they take the risk.” Soon the well-equipped Redcoats have trapped ragged American soldiers, who have no boats to escape, and a terrible storm blows up. Samuel, a strong boatman, must decide what he should do.
- 1990 CBC/NCSS Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies