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Steamboat School



by
Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by
Ron Husband

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Disney Hyperion
Imprint
Jump at the Sun
ISBN
9781423121961

Awards and Honors
The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Picture Books
Booklist 2016 Editors’ Choice, Books for Youth, Young Readers, Fiction
Booklist 2016 Lasting Connections, Social Studies
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, Middle Readers
Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2017, Historical Fiction
CSMCL Best Multicultural Books of 2016
2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Winner, Younger Children
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Missouri, 1847: A new state law declares “No person shall keep any school for the instruction of negroes or mulattoes.” But Reverend John, “a force like the Mississippi River itself,” finds a way to open his freedom school. Author’s note. Suggestions for further reading. Four-color illustrations done in pen and ink, then colored digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

AR

4.2: points 0.5

Lexile

AD660L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Aug 2016

Book Genres


Topics

John B. Meachum (1789–,1854). Education. African Americans. Missouri. Steamboats. Mississippi River.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

James, his sister, and his mother, a laundress, are free blacks living in Missouri in the 1840s, but being free does not give them equal rights. James and his sister attend school in the basement of a church. The secretive space is lit only by candles, but Reverend John, the teacher, tells James, “We make our own light here.” A state law passed in 1847, however, makes it illegal to have any kind of school for “negroes or mulattoes,” slave or free. Historical fiction based on the life of John Berry Meachum, the story describes how Reverend John got around the law by building a steamboat and holding classes on the Mississippi River, which was considered federal property. Husband, the first African American animator at Disney Studios, creates expressive illustrations that have the look and feel of the time period. Rendered mostly in brown and black tones, his detailed, cross-hatching style has the appearance of pen and ink. An author’s note shares more of Meachum’s life, describing how he worked in a mine to make enough money to buy freedom for himself and his father. Walking from Kentucky to Missouri, Meachum then worked as a carpenter and cooper in order to purchase his wife’s and children’s freedom. VERDICT Full of action and accomplishment, the story of James and Reverend John will impress and inspire readers. A powerful, well-written story to share with a class or with proficient readers.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

James, his sister, and his mother, a laundress, are free blacks living in Missouri in the 1840s, but being free does not give them equal rights. James and his sister attend school in the basement of a church. The secretive space is lit only by candles, but Reverend John, the teacher, tells James, “We make our own light here.” A state law passed in 1847, however, makes it illegal to have any kind of school for “negroes or mulattoes,” slave or free. Historical fiction based on the life of John Berry Meachum, the story describes how Reverend John got around the law by building a steamboat and holding classes on the Mississippi River, which was considered federal property. Husband, the first African American animator at Disney Studios, creates expressive illustrations that have the look and feel of the time period. Rendered mostly in brown and black tones, his detailed, cross-hatching style has the appearance of pen and ink. An author’s note shares more of Meachum’s life, describing how he worked in a mine to make enough money to buy freedom for himself and his father. Walking from Kentucky to Missouri, Meachum then worked as a carpenter and cooper in order to purchase his wife’s and children’s freedom. VERDICT Full of action and accomplishment, the story of James and Reverend John will impress and inspire readers. A powerful, well-written story to share with a class or with proficient readers.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA

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