An American Library Association Best Book for Young AdultsWinner of a Parent's Choice Gold AwardAbram know only slavery, but from the moment he holds his baby cousin in his arms, he is determined to protect her from the harsh realities of life on the plantation. As she grows, however, Eliza cannot escape notice. Her fair skin and blue eyes invite the hatred of the master's daughters, and the young slave's fate seems all but assured. Abram knows that freedom appears impossible, but somewhere - through the scorching heat and the overseer's whip - lies hope.Reviews: ". . . profoundly moving. . . " -- BooklistVirginia Frances Schwartz is the author of three historical novels, as well as The Sower of Tales, a 2006 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and winner of a 2005 Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Born in Ontario, Canada, Virginia now lives in New York City, where she teaches writing to elementary school children.