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

Wendy Lawton
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book June 10 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. I'm spiritual, with an atheist background, but I prefer reading historical fiction where they believe in God as I find it more real.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harriet Tubman from a different perspective Aug. 28 2003
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. I could visualize the deplorable conditions of the slave quarters as well as the less than nice slave owners. The book is easy reading and peeked my interest right from the start. Well worth the reading.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! Exceptional writing. April 27 2003
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. In fact, I will quite often go out of my way NOT to read them. I find they tend to slow down the read for me because I mentally try to sound out the dialect as I read. Very distracting.
But Wendy has done a superb job with Minty, and she managed to pull me in right at the start.
I think Harriet Tubman has been an inspiration to nearly everyone, regardless of race, because of her courageous actions once she decided "this is what I have to do!" and I am no exception. To see her story through the eyes of her youth is very enlightening...and heart-breaking.
Well written and well researched. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable March 31 2003
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 friends.
The reader anguishes with Harriet every time her master whips her. We pull for her to return to her family every time she is "hired out" to other slave owners. We rejoice with her when God answers her simple yet profound prayers. And we are challenged when a young girl asks God for the courage it takes to run for freedom.
I knew very little about Harriet Tubman before reading Lawton's book. Now I'll never forget her.
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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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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 A must have for home, school, and church libraries
A story-teller par excellence, Wendy Lawton transports the reader into the chilhood world of Harriet Tubman. Read more
Published on July 9 2002 by Carolyn M. Wood
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 An inspiring book written with great insight and talent
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... Read more
Published on May 26 2002 by Carmen Leal
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 21 2002 by Amy Givler
5.0 out of 5 stars Harriet Tubman's Young Life of Courage
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. Read more
Published on April 20 2002 by Carol E. Lawson
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