The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft
By: Donald B. Lemke
Illustrated by: Phil Miller, Tod Smith, and Charles Barnett III
Reviewed by Aniyah Ruth Lessane
Fifth Grader at Ashley Hall School for Girls, Charleston, South Carolina
In the book, The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft, a husband and wife, who are both enslaved, want to escape from their cruel master and the plantation they live and work on.
The husband gets an idea to pretend that his wife is a white man because her complexion is light enough that she could pass as one. The book shows how difficult it was to run away, and how many dangers there were.You also get a peek at how their “masters” treated them and other slaves, which, in case you didn’t know, was terrible. It is also interesting how they came up with a brilliant plan that actually worked. It also shows the creative ways some people used to escape, even if they had to take extreme measures. This book
shows how far people were willing to go just to get off of the plantations and out
of the South—even if they got caught, at least they tried. If I were they, and I had
a chance to be free, I would take it, even if the risks were high.
Another book to check out about William and Ellen Craft is 5000 Miles to
Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery by Dennis Fradin and Judith
Fradin, published by National Geographic Children’s Books.