The Escape

Sunday, November 13, 2011
Please, Lord, please just this one more thing. I know this has to be. Please, no matter who I have to be or how much they hate me. Please-

Book: The Escape (Christian Heritage Series: The Charleston Years #6) by Nancy Rue, Focus On The Family Publishing, 1998

Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 10-14
Subjects: Slavery, Friendship, Trust in God, Underground Railroad
Summary: The war has begun. It’s no longer a matter of “if”. And Uncle Dayton has no choice but to side with the south, even if he doesn’t support succession. Multiple attempts are made to get Austin and his family back to the north but every attempt fails, much to Austin’s relief. He has determined to see Henry-James escape to freedom before he leaves and his attempts are failing.
Notes: This is the third set of books in the Christian Heritage Series. Each set focuses on a particular time period and tells the story of a young boy growing up in that time. This set is about a young boy who has been raised as an abolitionist but is living with his uncle’s family on a plantation in the south where they don’t believe slavery is wrong. In this book, Austin has to make some difficult choices, as do most of the other characters. All three of his cousins have to take a stand for what they believe, even when it hurts and means separation from those they love. Charlotte, especially, is portrayed as being hurt that Henry-James is going to escape, but has to do what’s best for him rather than her need for his friendship. It’s a story of letting go.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

John 15:13 –Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.


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