Illustrated by Larry Johnson. Set during the years before the Civil War, this testament to the enduring bond of family tells the story of Lucy and her brother Albert, slaves who find the secret to their freedom in a sack of quilts. Part of a secret code, each pattern gives vital information to slaves planning to escape on the Underground Railroad. When Albert is caught helping the runaways and forced to flee, Lucy fears that she will never see him again. With full-page, full-color illustrations throughout and an informative Author's Note.
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