Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom

The Choctaw people live on one side of the River Bok Chitto; plantation owners and enslaved African Americans live on the other. A secret friendship between a Choctaw girl and an African American boy is the first link in a chain of humanity that spirits the boy's family across the river to freedom. This tale is a tribute to the Choctaws and Indians of every nation who aided African Americans running from slavery. Earth-tone paintings and striking use of white express the story's blend of reality and magic perfectly. Honor Book for Younger Children, 2007.


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