The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

The Good Lord BirdA highly entertaining, humorous historical novel of the fictitious Henry “Onion” Shackleford , a young slave, mistaken for a girl, who links up with radical abolitionist John Brown in 1856 Kansas for a rollicking ride with Brown’s crew of freedom fighters as he witnesses firsthand Brown’s doomed historic campaign. Along the way, he encounters the famous Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman as the John Brown gang make their way to the bloody Harper’s Ferry raid that helped spark the Civil War. Winner of the 2013 National Book award for Fiction.

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