Join Libby, Caleb, and Jordan On a Race for Freedom
Twelve-year-old Libby Norstad isn't sure she's going to like her new life on the Mississippi River in 1857. After all, how many girls her age live on a steamboat? And life isn't any easier with Caleb, the cabin boy who's always on some... read more
Libby is an embarrassment to her aunt and when they meet up with her father, he's concerned with how the aunt seems to want to raise her, so he takes his daughter back on board his steamboat, the Christina, with him. The night before they board the boat, Libby sees shadowy figures approach her... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Libby is an embarrassment to her aunt and when they meet up with her father, he's concerned with how the aunt seems to want to raise her, so he takes his daughter back on board his steamboat, the Christina, with him. The night before they board the boat, Libby sees shadowy figures approach her father's boat, but when slave traders follow, there's no evidence the figures boarded the Christina.
Libby realizes she needs better suited clothes for life on the river, so she goes shopping in St. Louis for material. When she asks too many questions about slavery, Caleb takes her to a slave auction where they watch a young man named Jordan being auctioned off. He's sold to a notoriously cruel slave trader. Caleb manages to slip Jordan a message about where to meet them.
Jordan comes aboard the Christina when the boat stops to wood up. Libby is concerned her father will be punished if Jordan is found on the boat, so she goes to him and tells him about Jordan. While she is there, Caleb comes in to talk to him about Jordan. Caleb is reluctant to talk in front of Libby, but her father tells him to bring Jordan to the cabin after dinner.
Captain Norstad offers Jordan the post of cabin boy so Jordan can continue to search for his family.
When the Christina has to stay in port to repair a paddlewheel damaged by a log, the three children set out for the Quaker settlement that Jordan is sure his mom will make for if she's able to escape. But Riggs is in town looking for Jordan! Libby alerts Caleb and Jordan that Riggs is on their tail. Caleb leads them to a Quaker owned station where they learn of a woman who came through from the area where Jordan's mother was last seen. The children follow her along the Underground Railroad route and find that she was supposed to escape with Jordan's mother, but she was missed and men came to take Jordan's mother to the Master House, precluding her escape. The mother can't cross the river with all her children without help from someone else.
On their way back to the Christina, the slave catchers find them again when Libby inadvertently gives them away by yelping when she hits cold water instead of ice. Libby starts feeling that she's just in the way, but in the end, it is only she who can walk away unsuspected to get her dog Samson and his cart to haul the baby back to the ship. The agent invites the slave catchers to have dinner on the front porch, allowing Caleb, Jordan and the baby's mother, Emma to escape and make it back to the Christina.
“I want a family that believes in me even when I'm not perfect."”Libby Norstad
“I love you as a daughter, Libby. You are priceless to me. I also love you as a person--a very special person.”Captain Norstad
“If I respect someone, then I care about what they think. If I don't respect someone, it's not always important what they think.They might want me to do something I don't believe in.”Caleb Whitney
“We all have times when we're afraid. What counts is what we do, even though we're scared.”Captain Norstad via Caleb Whitney
1. Nighttime Surprises
2. The Mysterious Boxes
3. Here Comes Samson!
4. The Bad Start
5. A Day With Caleb
6. Strange Messages
7. The Judas Ram
8. The Underground Railroad
9. Caleb's Secret
10. Libby's Choice
11. Code of Honor
12. Let My People Go!
14. The Big Test
15. More Danger
16. The Hiding Place
17. Skunk River
19. Samson's Disguise
20. The Never Give Up Family
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