The Last Runaway Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Last Runaway is a story about a young girl named Honor Bright. The Book begins in the 1850s in Ohio during the time when the abolitionist movement was gaining ground. Honor was at this time in Europe and was courting a young Quaker who told her about the slavery issues in the United States. Honor would set out alone to assist the Quaker movement who were helping runaway slaves secure freedom.
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The 1850s was a time of American expansion and a time of trials. New States were being admitted to the Union as slave states and expanding slavery. New laws were also being passed such as the Fugitive Slave Act which allowed slave hunters to go up North and capture runaway slaves.

When in Ohio, Honor is all by herself in a struggling nation. She will eventually become friends with an unlikely character a whiskey exporter from the slave state of Kentucky a Belle Mills. To Honors surprise she will discover that Belle is harboring runaway slaves.

Belle who is Quaker is against the issue of slavery and she herself will assist in helping runaway slaves find freedom in the North. She will find some resistance within her church and community, but the real resistance of what she is doing comes from her friend Belle's brother, Donavan who is a Southern slave hunter. His job is to tract down slaves in both Northern and Southern states and bring them back to their masters. Honor knows the risk, but is set on doing and this task which she finds noble. Honor is faced throughout the book to make many difficult decisions along the way.
Best part of story, including ending: The book really show just how divide the United State was in the 1850s. Two totally different ways of life and ways of thinking.

Best scene in story: When it dawned on Honor what he mission in life was and how determined she became to fulfill this.

Opinion about the main character: Honor is a soft women whom one would really never suspect in helping runaway slaves. She is such an unlikely character to be doing a active part in the underground railroad.

The review of this Book prepared by Silas Brunk a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   slavery Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

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