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Interview for Butterflies in Autumn by Charles Strong

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~~WINNER of 2012 Ben Franklin Award

A coming-of-age story about a 10 year old boy, and his family, as they attempt to hide run-away slaves in the days prior to the Underground Railroad.

Imagine yourself cold, tired, and hungry. Imagine having to run for your life under the cover of darkness, all because someone else owned you. Now imagine that you have been caught and are severely beaten, perhaps even killed.

On the other hand, what would you do if this were going to happen to somebody else? Would you go out of your way to help them... even if it meant breaking the law? What if it meant going to jail, or losing everything you owned? Which would you chose—helping somebody else in their hour of greatest need, or self-preservation?

Meet a ten-year-old boy on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness as he ponders these questions. Watch him face incredible odds as he searches his heart for the 'right thing' to do. The author brings this tension to life as the characters become wrapped up in what would eventually become an iconic moment in American History.