Author: Carole Boston Weatherford


Illustrator: Michelle Wood

WEATHERFORD, Carole Boston. Box Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom. Illustrated by Michelle Wood. [Sommerville, MA]: Candlewick [2020]. Oblong 4to, [56]pp. Color pictorial boards. Black endpapers; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed). With a bookplate signed by Newbery Honor author Carole Boston Weatherford.

First edition. 2021 Newbery Honor Book! This moving, lyrical tale about the cost and fragility of freedom follows the life of a man who courageously shipped himself out of slavery. In six-line stanzas, each line representing one side of a box, Weatherford powerfully narrates Henry Brown’s struggle to escape the clutches of slavery and find his way to freedom.