{Long Road to Freedom: Kate Messner}Long Road to Freedom by Kate Messner
Series: Ranger in Time
Published by Scholastic Press on December 29, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Historical Fiction, Middle School, Science Fiction
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – Ranger is a time-traveling golden retriever with search-and-rescue training. In this adventure, he goes to a Maryland plantation during the days of American slavery, where he meets a young girl named Sarah. When she learns that the owner has plans to sell her little brother, Jesse, to a plantation in the Deep South, it means they could be separated forever. Sarah takes their future into her own hands and decides there’s only one way to run — north.

{My thoughts} – Sarah and Jesse are both slaves. Their mom passed away and their dad ran away in hopes of getting North and buying their freedom.

One day Sarah overhears that their Master is going to sell Jesse. She isn’t okay with this and knows that he wouldn’t survive down South as a worker in the cotton fields. He had a wonderful talent with animals but in a field is an altogether different story.

She decides to take things into her own hands. She gets together a bag and finds her brother and together they go on the run. Right before they are able to leave the plantation Ranger finds them.

He sticks with them, protects them, keeps them safe. They go on a long journey that causes them to run, hide, look over their shoulders and hope to not be caught.

Eventually they get somewhere semi safe, but soon a new law is passed. That law makes it so they aren’t safe anymore and they end up on the move to find safety again. This time they are headed to Canada with a lot of help on their side.

If your interested in their story and learning how it ends, this book is perfect! I really enjoyed reading through it and learning about what Sarah and Jesse had gone through. It’s true to what might have happened to any runaway slaves in that time period.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.