Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story


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$12.95  $12.04
Lee & Low Books
Publish Date
8.8 X 10.5 X 0.1 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Janet Halfmann is the author of more than forty books for children, including Lee & Low's Midnight Teacher, which Kirkus called An excellent homage to an African-American woman who taught ahead of her time in a starred review. When she's not writing, Halfmann enjoys working in the garden, exploring nature, visiting new places, especially wildlife areas and living-history museums, and watching movies. Halfmann lives with her husband in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Duane Smith was an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer with a degree from Pratt Institute in New York City and a Master's in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. His wide-ranging works have been featured in periodicals, books, movie storyboards, and galleries. Smith also worked in graphic design and interactive media development, and split his time between homes in Brooklyn and Albany, New York. He died in 2020.


Page turns and textual pacing combine to relate the actual escape with pulse-pounding excitement; readers' relief at Smalls's success is almost physical. A triumph. -- Kirkus Reviews

This book is an excellent vehicle to bring [Smalls's] story to a wider audience.... The oil paintings employ thick, bold strokes and deep saturated colors to convey Smalls's strength and determination in successfully delivering his and his crew's family members to freedom. -- School Library Journal

Editor's Favorites, The Bloomsbury Review
Honor Book Award, Society of School Librarians International

Beehive Book Awards Nominee, Children's Literature Association of Utah
Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist, New Mexico Library Association
Reading Circle Recommended Title, Missouri State Teachers Association