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Courage to Run: A Story Based on the Life of Harriet Tubman [Library Binding]

Wendy Lawton
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April 2002 1417606746 978-1417606740
Harriet Tubman is born a slave on a Maryland plantation in the 1800s. She trusts in God, but her faith is tested at every turn. Should she obey her masters or listen to her conscience? This story from Harriet's childhood is a record of courage. Even more, it's the story of God's faithfulness as He prepares her for her adult calling to lead more than 300 people out of slavery through the Underground Railroad.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Harriet Tubman is born into slavery on a plantation in Tidewater Maryland. More than anything, she yearns for freedom. Acknowledged as one of America’s greatest heroes, it is Harriet’s vibrant faith in God that prepares her to become a legendary conductor of the Underground Railroad.

Though the life work of Harriet Tubman is well known, Courage to Run is the story of her childhood from ages 6 to 13, when she already hates slavery and yearns for freedom. Harriet worries about whether she'll find the courage to run if the time comes to run, or the strength to hold firm if she needs to stay the course. And how will she know the difference? --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Young readers will identify with Harriet Tubman’s courage and faith as she uses the strength she gains through adversity to lead others to a new life of freedom. Highly recommended reading.

Lauraine Snelling
Author, Golden Filly and High Hurdles series

Harriet Tubman overcame terrible fears by forging ahead with her belief in God and not allowing anything or anyone to keep her from her mission of faith, hope and love. What an inspiration for the young—and the old—of our time! Her life is a beautiful example of one who followed her strong moral sense of right and wrong.

Kathy Lennon Daris
Author and founding member of The Lennon Sisters

An authentic re-creation of life as a slave child and the comfort and courage only God could supply.

Pamela Walls
Author, Abby & The South Seas Adventures series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A prayer who didn't cease to pray March 30 2003
By Claire
Harriet Tubman didn't just BECOME the major conductor of the Underground Railroad; she paid for that honor with pain and blood; however, through it all, her faith remained and her constant prayer carried her through.
Tubman (Minty, as she was called as a child) helps with the children on the plantation when she is only a child herself, but when the master's plantation hits harder times, she and others find themselves being "hired out" to help the master make ends meet. Minty is torn from her family and is taken to places where she has no protection from cruelty and no one to turn to other than to God. During this time, she realizes the dream of freedom, and she often remembers the story of Moses's call to lead the people out of Egypt.
Lawton's book brings along new insights about a woman with whom most of us are familiar. Tubman's courage is all the more admirable as we read about her childhood because, even in the face of unfair accusations, she does not become bitter; instead, she allows the unfairness she faces to make her stronger in order that she can be used more effectively by God.
The details are vivid; the story is riveting.
Courage to Run is complete with a glossary that details the language of the area and the times and an epilogue that has a short bibliography for those who are interested in finding out more about Harriet Tubman.
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It's hard to believe that Wendy Lawton had not published dozens of books before Courage to Run. Her attention to research and detail, coupled with her easy-to-read style, kept me turning the pages until the book was done. I hope this is the first of many books because we need books that introduce our children, and re-introduce adults, to historical figures of faith.
Wendy Lawton was courageous to write a book using so much dialect, because that is more difficult than most people realize. She did a skillful job of bringing her characters to life with not only dialect, but with word choices and flow. All slave owners weren't on the same economic or social level, and Wendy did a wonderful job of allowing me to know who was talking and more about their character. She did a great job of giving every person in the book their own voice and she painted vivid pictures.
With the richness of description, she masterfully made me feel "Minty's" pain and confusion and faith. We often think of our inspirational heros, and Harriet Tubman is certainly that, as being made from stronger stuff than we. In Courage To Run we see a young girl who doubts her courage but never her God. Harriet Tubman was courageous and her story is inspiring. Adults can learn as much, or maybe even more, than young people from this wonderful book.
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A story-teller par excellence, Wendy Lawton transports the reader into the chilhood world of Harriet Tubman. Gripping narrative, fast paced action, and dialogue which rings true without overuse of dialect build images the reader can see, hear and feel.
Children and adults find this book a treasure. It's an excellent resource for home-school families: incorporating history, literature and vocabulary in a fun and painless format. The glossary at the back provides definitions for unfamiliar words, and adds fun to the chore of spelling lessons! Children enjoy this book--even if it's assigned reading.
It's a great addition to home and church libaries as well. It's difficult to find historical fiction for children that's entertaining as well as educational. This book fills the bill perfectly.
Even though I'm well beyond the target age group, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I gave my niece a copy for her birthday--it makes an excellent gift!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harriet Tubman's Young Life of Courage April 20 2002
Araminta's ("Minty") young life rode hard on her shoulders; and this moving, beautifully written true story of her struggles as a child born to slavery is well worth the read. Old beyond her years, she fought to find courage and did not know that she already possessed it in her day-to-day life under the harsh eyes of her demanding owners. A well researched story, it brings one face to face with what it really meant to live a life in the days before abolition. This child who was to grow into one of the great Underground Railway leaders is brought to life under Wendy Lawton's gifted writing. I highly recommend this for adult reading as well as for the younger reader. A must for all who wish to learn of Harriet Tubman's early years--the years that gave impetus to her later achievements. An inspiration to my adult soul, this book will awaken young readers to a life of faith in the human spirit and in the great God who gave "Minty" her courage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than another childrens book Aug. 15 2003
This is a wonderful piece of children's prose, by dynamic author and sculptor Wendy Lawton. As a teacher, it would be advantageous to include this as supplementary reading for your students, but also as an avid bibliophile, it is a great read like for everyone. Lawton has captured the reader in an engrossing and mesmerizing tale. Well written, superbly detailed, factual without being compromising, engaging to the child yet still approachable, this work truly is paramount. I cannot express in words just how much children can learn and will be edified by this book. It sparks lively class discussion, piques childrens curiosity and is a great introduction to adolescent literature. I compare this prose to Anne of Green Gables and also Little Women. I highly recommend it without reservation for all! Destined to be a classic! Great work Wendy Lawton!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I bought this one together with my Dear Canada book about the Titanic. Very believable character as she believes in God and I know most historical people did believe in Him. Read more
Published on June 10 2012 by Elisabeth33
5.0 out of 5 stars Harriet Tubman from a different perspective
I don't remember seeing or reading a book on Harriet Tubman as a child. Wendy Lawton's account of Harriet Tubman's childhood life was very realistic to me. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by Antoinette Winder
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! Exceptional writing.
This is a very engrossing book and one I could not put down until I finished it.
I normally do not like to read any book written in dialect. Read more
Published on April 27 2003 by Peggy Blann Phifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
Lawton does an outstanding job of putting the reader right in the "Quarter" house for slaves on a plantation in Maryland with the young Harriet Tubman, her family and close... Read more
Published on March 31 2003 by Lee Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, historically accurate, a teacher's dream
As a parent and elementary teacher, Courage to Run is just the kind of book I hope to find to bring history alive. Mrs. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by Crystal E. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Courage to Run--Rave Reviews
No wonder Courage to Run is receiving rave reviews from everyone.
Wendy Lawton is a master storyteller, bar none. Read more
Published on June 29 2002 by Nanette Thorsen-Snipes
5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Overwhelming Obstacles
I've always been fascinated with every aspect of Harriet Tubman's life, but especially her childhood. Read more
Published on April 20 2002 by Amy Givler
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