Excellent, Intermediate, slavery, sharecropping, debt, slave catching, heroism
After a freak accident kills his Pa, Charlie Bobo and his mother are about to be driven off because they can’t pay their dues incurred by sharecropping. An evil slave catcher, Cap’n Buck, comes to collect the debts and because they can’t pay, he takes Little Charlie on an expedition to catch and return some slaves. Little Charlie does as he’s asked, though his heart gets heavy as the shame and guilt builds. As they are trying to bring a slave boy back from Canada, a mob gathers and the boy is able to get free. Cap’n Buck ends up dead, leaving Charlie to do the work alone. His conscience finally weighs out and he sets the former slaves free, helping them get to Canada.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Journey of Little Charlie,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39:
5, Article 84.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss5/84