The story of slavery, a man, and the world's most beloved hymn.
John Newton led a rich life. He was a God-fearing man and a successful seafaring trader; his cargo was a lucrative business, for his wares were human beings. In 1748, Newton's ship, the Greyhound, sailed the triangular trade route from Liverpool to Africa and on to Antigua as it had many times before. But on one journey, at the height of the slave trade, a storm raged. Feeling all was lost, Newton prayed that if he were spared, he would leave the cruel world of slave trading behind forever. That night, Newton's prayers were answered, and true to his word, he turned his back on the slave trade. In fact, he went on to become an ardent abolitionist. Among Newton's many achievements, his greatest legacy would be the most beloved hymn of all: Amazing Grace.
Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace is the story of slavery as well as the man and the hymn.
About the Author
Linda Granfield is the author of 20 nonfiction titles including Where Poppies Grow which was awarded the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award and In Flanders Fields. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Janet Wilson is renowned for a particular talent for drawing children. Her realistic style and sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions help young readers grasp subjects ranging from dealing with death, the arrival of a new baby, the tragedy of war or just wishing your new dress was a different colour. That same sensitivity shows up in her commissioned portraits in oil paints on fine Dutch portait linen. Her love of painting is also evident in her Still Life artwork.
“The depth of research in the text is admirable and the prose tells the story without excuses or moralizing. Janet Wilson’s illustrations are equally exceptional; each page beautifully captures the era without affectation or melodrama.”
— Highly Recommended — Children’s Book Review Annual 1997