“an informative and well-told story … that needs to be remembered and retold,”and praised the illustrations by Alabama artist Anne Kent Rush. Irene Latham, author of the superb YA novel, Leaving Gees Bend, said
“Go South to Freedom is a campfire story for all ages, filled with surprise and adventure, truth and sadness, and ultimately hope….”Joyce Hansen, who has written extensively about the Underground Railroad, declared,
“You feel as if you’re sitting at the feet of an ancient griot recounting the history of a people,”and Greg Neri, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, concluded that
“Gaillard tells this heartfelt Southern epic in a way that puts you smack in the middle of a slave family’s escape. A must-read for schools.”Writing for young readers is new territory for me, so I’m encouraged. I wish my friend Robert were still around to read the book he encouraged me to write.