"Intense, empathetic, richly imagined." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old slave named Gabriel plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African- American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel’s blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history. This edition includes extensive research notes on the story behind the plot.
Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, the Gallows, & the Black General Gabriel
Candlewick Press 2014. New paperback; 256 pages