Title: Escape From the Slave Traders
Author: Dave & Neta Jackson
Series: Trailblazer Books
Major Themes: Africa, David Livingstone, Slavery
Synopsis: After being stolen from their home and used to start a war, Chuma and Wikatani were found by David Livingstone and traveled with him.
Escape From the Slave Traders was another good book in the Trailblazer series. Though there were some awful scenes described, the story was very worthwhile. It is a good picture of how God can use bad things to bring about good.
Chuma and Wikatani were minding their own business early one morning, herding the village sheep, when they were suddenly grabbed by enemy warriors—men they didn’t recognize. The boys could not understand why the men wiped a sheep’s blood on a spear from a neighboring rival tribe, but they soon figured out that they, themselves, were slaves. What could they do about it?
Things kept getting worse. The next thing the boys knew, they were tied to a tree and left for a few days—and then joined by a harge group of captives from the rival tribe. Next, they were marched away down the trail, far from home. And then, a white man appeared on the scene. Now what would happen? Were they doomed? They were quite surprised by David Livingstone’s actions.
Escape From the Slave Traders is an action-filled introduction to the life of David Livingstone, the well-known explorer and missionary in Africa. It is also a message of hope. Chuma learned that, no matter how terrible things may seem, God is bigger than circumstances and cares for us.
WARNING: In Chapter 4 a man is killed trying to escape. In Chapter 7 two bodies were discovered floating down the river. In Chapter 11 the group came across an empty village full of rotting bodies.
Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 12, 12 – 15