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Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog

by Elisa Carbone

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This book was another book about slavery. About a little oy named James and his dog. He tries really hard to get to freedom, and he keeps getting mad at his dog when he is just trying to help. James tries to cross the Ohio river but starts to drown, his dog saves him and a man offers to give them shelter and food, but James said he would only if his dog could come too. They both had a nice dinner and slept in a freedom state!

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I thought this was another good story about slavery and how this little boy got to be free. I also love animals so I like that this boy had a trustworthy dog and friend to go with him and help him!

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Draw out what the kids would want their dog to look like if they were in that situation.
2. Have a field trip devoted to teaching kids how to swim if they don't know how to.
  Braydon1010 | Mar 23, 2015 |
Great story about a dog who is the best companion for an escaped child slave and the hope and joy the give each other on that journey ( )
  mccandlessn | Mar 21, 2014 |
This book, based on a true story, is about a boy named James who is trying to escape to the free state of Ohio. He has a dog named Zeus that won't leave him alone. James is always worried that the dog is going to get him caught, but every time, Zeus ends up saving James from his situation. The climax is when James has to cross the Ohio river, but doesn't know how to swim and almost drowns - until Zeus saves him. He meets a man on the other side of the river who helps him and Zeus and luckily, their story has a happy ending. ( )
  HannahRevard | Nov 15, 2013 |
This was an incredible story, and the most interesting part is that's based on a true story. This boy and his faithful dog companion went through so much to help the boy escape his cruel owner to the safety of Ohio. Full of harrowing close calls, this is a high-action tale of James's brave escape from slavery with the unwavering aid of his dog, Zeus. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Based on a true story, that has won many awards Night Running has vibrant illustrations and tells the story of James and his escape for freedom. ( )
  hamiml01 | Oct 15, 2010 |
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It's 1838, and James has made a secret plan to escape Master Graham’s farm–and slavery. James tells his dog Zeus he has to stay behind: he’s simply too noisy to bring along on a dangerous nighttime journey. But when two white men capture James soon after he runs, he’s grateful his faithful hunting dog didn’t obey. Zeus has followed behind, and the scrappy hound rescues James from his captors. An author’s note describes the real life inspiration behind the book: James Smith, a slave who escaped with the help of his dog and went on to become a farmer and Baptist minister.

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A runaway slave makes a daring escape to freedom with the help of his faithful hunting dog, Zeus. Based on the true story of James Smith's journey from Virginia to Ohio in the mid-1800s.

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