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Deeply moving and illuminating, Trouble the Water reveals the little-known real-life story of Robert Smalls. Born enslaved before the Civil War, Smalls witnesses great privilege and immense suffering alongside his owner's daughter and the dangerous son of a firebrand secessionist. When he's only 12, he's put to work in Charleston, where he loads ships and learns to pilot a cotton steamer. When the war erupts and his cotton steamer becomes a confederate warship, Robert attempts a harrowing escape to freedom for himself and the people he loves.

Robert Smalls is one of America's great unsung heroes, and Trouble the Water finally brings his story into the light.

Perfect for fans of The Invention of Wings, Homegoing, The Underground Railroad.

©2019 Rebecca Dwight Bruff (P)2020 Rebecca Dwight Bruff

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