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Chasing Freedom

Chasing Freedom

by Nikki Grimes Illustrated by Michele Wood

Nikki Grimes offers a glimpse into the inspiring lives of Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman, with breathtaking illustrations by Michele Wood!

What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women? And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? These questions led Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes to create Chasing Freedom , an engaging work of historical fiction about two of the nineteenth century's most powerful, and inspiring, American women.

With breathtaking illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award winner Michele Wood, Chasing Freedom richly imagines the experiences of Tubman and Anthony, set against the backdrop of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Additional back matter invites curious young readers to further explore this period in history — and the larger-than-life figures who lived it.

7, 8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 2 - 5
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Nikki Grimes Nikki Grimes has written for very young children, middle readers, young adults, and adults. She is a versatile and insightful observer of human nature, writing prose that is precise, poetry that is lyrical. Her acclaimed body of work includes the poetry books Come Sunday, an ALA Notable Book, A Dime a Dozen, a Junior Library Guild selection, and the young adult novel, Jazmin's Notebook, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Michele Wood Michele Wood is a painter, illustrator, and designer. She won the American Book Award for "Going Back Home" and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for "I See the Rhythm". Michele lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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