Seven Miles to Freedom

By Breeni's Books

Janet Halfmann’s biography of the extraordinary life of Robert Smalls is a testament to the rewards that can be attained with determination and perseverance . . . a picture book for older children that deserves to be on school library shelves across the nation. It is a praiseworthy educational tool with an intriguing storyline. Duane Smith’s collaborative illustrations are colorful, but do not mask the serious nature of the story. Halfmann has stepped away from the innocent exuberance of youth she portrayed in Little Skink’s Tail to bring the trials of Civil War era African-Americans to life. Smalls was a single man with humble beginnings, but his achievements outspanned those of entire leagues of privileged men.