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

by Elisa Carbone

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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 |
Genre: Biography

Age appropriateness: Intermediate, Middle School

Media: Watercolor

Review: This is a good example of a biography, because it is based on a true story about a James Smith and how his dog helped him to escape from slavery. This boy takes the journey of his life, but to save his life. The relationship between boy and dog are part of what makes this biography exciting and touching. ( )
  KJackson | Feb 4, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037582247X, Hardcover)

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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