Captain of the Planter: The Story of Robert Smalls

By Dorothy Sterling

Reading Level: High School, Middle School
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Double Day and Co. 1958

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The story of Robert Smalls who began life as a slave, captained a ship that took his family to freedom, and later became Congressman who worked during the Reconstruction period.

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Caldecott Medal

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Coretta Scott King Award

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Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

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