When Alice Sanborn and best friend Jerushah cross paths with a bounty hunter in rural northern Vermont, the teens stage a daring rescue for former slave Sarah Johnson -- but winter weather, politics, and challenges of mountain life bring more danger. It's March 1850 in small-town Vermont, and tempers flare over the "right kind" of Abolition. When the two fifteen-year-olds suspect Alice's older brother William is taking dangerous risks to shelter a fugitive hiding at the inn, they see Sarah's safety at risk. With help from the skillful but mysterious Solomon McBride, the girls head toward the wilder countryside along the Canadian border. Perils abound, including back at home. Is it all Alice's fault? What should she do? Even a teen can take strong action - but which way is right, and how can she choose?
"Beth Kanell's, The Long Shadow, is a beautifully written novel addressing themes of family, friendship, and the fight to end slavery in 1850 Vermont. Readers are transported back to that time of ceaseless women's work in the kitchen and men making the decisions. Protagonist and narrator Alice keenly feels the injustice of her own life and that of slaves being pursued as they travel north toward freedom, and does whatever is in her power to change the status quo. Adults and teens alike will savor this well-researched tale of a teenage girl, her best friend, and their black friend Sarah, who still isn't safe from bounty hunters even in the snow-covered villages of Vermont." —Edith Maxwell, Agatha-nominated author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and the Country Store Mysteries