The Bell Rang

The Bell Rang by James Ransome addresses the painful topic of slavery and the consequences of running away. The routines at the plantation where Ben, his unnamed younger sister and their parents live are set by bells. One day a daring escape happens and they are left without Ben, and also left to wonder if he is now “free like the birds.” This book does a very job of showing how slave communities maintained as normal a family life as possible in cruel circumstances.