1848. August Bondi has fought a tyrant, seen his best friend gunned down, and fled his homeland. And he’s only 15.
The Bondi family has fled their native Austria for the United States. Now, as their ship arrives at New Orleans, August gets his first glimpse of the “land of the free” — slavery!
In Kansas the young Jewish freedom fighter joins forces with a mighty Christian warrior named John Brown. August believes in the ballot over the bullet. Old Brown, however, sees himself as an instrument of divine vengeance.
August believes in John Brown’s cause. And he’s a hard man to say “no” to. What will August do?
For my first novel, I used real-life episodes from August Bondi’s amazing life taken from his self-published Autobiography and an earlier novelization of his life, Border Hawk, by Newbery Medal-winning author Lloyd Alexander. I am delighted that this book has gotten such a powerful response from readers both young and older.