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Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

Written by Anne Rockwell

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Knopf Books for Young Readers (2000)

The inspiring story of how a woman, born a slave with no status or dignity, transformed herself into one of the most powerful voices of the abolitionist movement. Sojourner Truth’s simple yet powerful words helped people understand the hideous truth about slavery.


  • WINNER 2000 - Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
  • WINNER 2001 - ALA Notable Children's Book
  • WINNER 2000 - New York Times Best Illustrated Book
  • Kids Pick of the Lists Part Two, October 2000


“ The look and feel of a children’s classic . . . a valuable addition to any child’s library. ”

— The New York Times

“ The facts in this picture-book biography speak as eloquently as its illustrations, which have an authority and passion recalling Jacob Lawrence's Harriet and the Promised Land. ”

— The Horn Book, Starred Review

“ Rockwell’s vibrant storytelling, powerful content and moving author’s note will likely send readers off to further reading about this extraordinary heroine. ”

— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“ It's a powerful story, well told and handsomely set; worth of its courageous subject. ”

— The Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review