It is 1859, and thirteen-year-old Robert is torn between loyalty to his abolitionist father and his mother’s slave-holding family. After his best friend, William Henry, is trapped in a deadly scheme to protect secrets of the Underground Railroad, Robert vows never to get involved again. But when he discovers his grandfather’s plan to sell his own son, born of a slave woman, Robert must decide whether to stand idly by or risk everything to help him escape. William Henry is a Fine Name is a coming-of-age story, a tale of friends—and a nation—caught in the chaos of slavery, forced to take a stand.
Awards: 2007 Christy Award – First Novel (nominee), 2007 Christy Award – Young Adult (winner)