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Waiting on Wednesday

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole. 32 p. Scholastic Press, November 1, 2012. 9780545399975. 

Publisher synopsis: A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story.

When a farm girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened.

But the stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience,
and she must make a difficult choice.
Will she have the courage to help him?

Unspoken gifts of humanity unite the girl and the runaway as they each face a journey:
one following the North Star,
the other following her heart.

Henry Cole's unusual and original rendering of the Underground Railroad speaks directly to our deepest sense of compassion.

I collect wordless stories for my personal library and am always on the lookout for picture books to add to my middle school library's collection. This one looks like a powerful addition.