Sailing to Freedom (Hardcover)
In 1852 twelve-year-old Ray sets sail on his uncle’s ship and discovers he is part of the Underground Railroad. (9-12)
— From Historical Fiction
When Ray Ingle asks his Uncle Thad if he can go to sea with him, he knows his parents won't like it. But they're not around, and anything is better than staying with mean old Uncle Slye To Ray's great surprise, Uncle Thad agrees to take him on, and soon Ray and his pet capuchin monkey Allie are helping out in the galley of The Newburyport Beauty.
Ray knows Cook used to be a slave, though now he's free. But when Ray discovers what Cook is hiding in the kitchen pantry, he gets more involved with the question of slavery than he ever could have imagined
About the Author
Martha Bennett Stiles is the author of eleven books and numerous magazine stories for young people. She has also published an adult novel and dozens of stories and articles in periodicals ranging from Esquire and The New York Times to TriQuarterly and Georgia Review.
"Adventuresome and enjoyable..."--Kirkus Although this book can be enjoyed for the adventure alone, readers with prior knowledge of the time period, slavery, and the Fugitive Slave Law will more fully appreciate the characters’ dilemma and the risks involved in their situation.”--School Library Journal