Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery


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Algonquin Young Readers
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6.7 X 8.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Winifred Conkling has written many nonfiction books for adults and children. She earned an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Winifred lives in Northern Virginia with her family. Visit her online at


"Edmundson's life story is compelling and inspiring. It provides the perfect hook for readers into the horrors of slavery . . . This is a great introduction into a little-known but important historical figure and a fascinating look at the impact of a lesser-known abolishment attempt." --VOYA

"Conkling's work is intricate and detailed . . . This is a strong and well-sourced resource." --School Library Journal

"Passenger is a great resource for teaching young readers about the tragedy of slavery, as experienced by a girl their own age." --Historical Novels Review

"Clearly written, well-documented, and chock full of maps, sidebars, and reproductions of photographs and engravings, the fascinating volume covers a lot of history in a short space. Conkling uses the tools of a novelist to immerse readers in Emily's experiences. A fine and harrowing true story behind an American classic." --Kirkus Reviews

"Conkling is a fine narrator . . . Readers familiar with the trials of Solomon Northup will find this equally involving." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[Conkling] provides an effective antidote to the oversimplified picture of slavery in America painted by some outdated textbooks." --Booklist Online