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Authors: Lois Walfrid Johnson

Race for Freedom

Praise for the Works of Lois Walfrid Johnson

Intertwining fictional characters with real-life people and critical moments in American history, Lois Walfrid Johnson creates novels certain to catch the attention of readers, and then leaves them wanting to read and learn more. Johnson does an incredible job of bringing us into the lives of the American people in 1857. These adventure-filled, educational books should be read by youth everywhere.

, Minnesota State Senator, former sheriff

Lois Walfrid Johnson writes stories kids love. When they were young, my daughters read her Freedom Seekers books, and really enjoyed them. These are stories that not only entertain, but call children to conviction, courage, and Christ-centered living. I highly recommend Lois and these excellent books.

New York Times
bestselling author of forty books including

I’ve used
Escape into the Night
in my classroom for many years and am thrilled to see the new Freedom Seekers edition coming out with study guides. My students have always enjoyed the well-developed characters and engaging storylines. As a teacher I have appreciated the historical accuracy and timeless spiritual truths.

, teacher, Our Redeemer’s Christian School, Minot, ND

It’s difficult to find a series of books written for a variety of age groups with both boys and girls and yet remain historically accurate. Mrs. Johnson has succeeded in doing so in the Freedom Seekers series. Set in a geographic area that runs north and south, she describes weather conditions and topographical features that impacted the daring adventures of the main characters, their clothing, and even their food.

While developing the character of Peter [book 4], Mrs. Johnson visited with students at the Illinois School for the Deaf, including students in my classroom. We compared and contrasted the life of Peter to their lives. After all, Peter could have stood in our classroom! Often a child becomes a lifelong reader, simply because they relate to a character in a book. My students related to Peter, not only because he was deaf, but because he had so much more in common with them.

, teacher, Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville, IL

I want to thank you on behalf of my class and their families for your wonderful books. I teach a reading class at a homeschool co-op in Washington State. I can’t count how many times the parents of my students have thanked me for the class and told me that their child never enjoyed reading like they do now. They have to hold their children back from reading ahead of the others! So many families who are not in my class have begun to read your books. We may have started an epidemic, and one that I am happy to be a part of!

I hope you have more books on the horizon. Your fans here in Gig Harbor, Washington, will be on the lookout for them!

, homeschool co-op teacher, Washington State

Your books have encouraged me in trusting in God more and more. Your characters, especially Libby Norstad, Caleb Whitney, and Jordan Parker, sound just so realistic! I sometimes wish that they were real!!!!!! I like how you introduced a new character [Peter] in the fourth book. It kept the story even more exciting than it is!

, young reader, Texas

After I read one of your books I often end up asking myself,
Would I have helped slaves or not?
I have come up with an answer. I would help them because all people are equal and have the right to be free in the sight of God.

—C. B.
, young reader, Kentucky

We love how you incorporate biblical principles into your stories. When Caleb trusts God and Libby struggles in the same areas we do, it shows us that through God we can overcome every obstacle, because He is our light and our salvation.

, Ohio

Other Titles by Lois Walfrid Johnson

The Freedom Seekers

Escape into the Night

Race for Freedom

Midnight Rescue

The Swindler’s Treasure

Mysterious Signal

The Fiddler’s Secret

Adventures of the Northwoods

1. The Disappearing Stranger

2. The Hidden Message

3. The Creeping Shadows

4. The Vanishing Footprints

5. Trouble at Wild River

6. The Mysterious Hideaway

7. Grandpa’s Stolen Treasure

8. The Runaway Clown

9. Mystery of the Missing Map

10. Disaster on Windy Hill

Series also available in German and Swedish

Viking Quest

1. Raiders from the Sea

2. Mystery of the Silver Coins

3. The Invisible Friend

4. Heart of Courage

5. The Raider’s Promise

Series also available in Norwegian

Faith Girlz: Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions

For adults:
Either Way, I Win: God’s Hope for Difficult Times





© 2013, 1996

Previously published as
The Riverboat Adventures Series

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews.

Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

Interior Design: Ragont Design
Side-wheeler illustration by Toni Auble
Map of Upper Mississippi by Meridian Mapping
Cover Design: Faceout Studio, Tim Green
Cover Illustration: Odessa Sawyer

978-0-8024-0717-7 Printed by Bethany Press in Bloomington, MN −04/13

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Johnson, Lois Walfrid.
   Race for freedom / by Lois Walfrid Johnson.
     p. cm. — (The Freedom Seekers; #2)
   Summary: In 1857, while helping to conceal a runaway slave on her father’s Mississippi River steamboat, Libby looks to God for support and hopes that her friend Caleb will let her join the Underground Railroad.
   ISBN 978-0-8024-0717-7
   [1. Underbround railroad—Fiction. 2. Slavery—Fiction. 3. Steamboats—Fiction. 4. Mississippi River—Fiction. 5. Christian life—Fiction.]
  I. Title. II. Series. Johnson, Lois Walfrid. Freedom Seekers; #2
  PZ7.J63255Rac   1996


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To Roy
my courageous
husband and friend

Thank you
being my awesome idea person
and for all that you are!

Dred Scott, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Elijah Lovejoy, Captain Daniel Smith Harris, Orion Clemens, Samuel Clemens, Dr. William Sweney, “Uncle Dave” Hancock, Captain A. T. Kingman, Captain W. H. Laughton, Pilot Stephen Hanks, and Abraham Lincoln lived during the time of this book. All other characters are fictitious and spring with gratitude for life from the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental.

In the time in which this book is set,
African Americans were called Negro, the Spanish word for black,
or colored people.


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