In the dark of night Libby Norstad wakes up. It’s quiet. Too quiet. Then come the rapid strokes of the ship’s bell. What’s wrong? What happened? Where’s Pa?

out into the dense fog on deck, Libby hears the slap of paddlewheels
against water. The whistle of a steamboat coming too fast, too close.
Grabbing Annika’s arm, Libby yanks her away from the railing. Run!

soon, out of the dark and danger come the high notes of a gifted
fiddler. Who is he? Where is he from? Why does his face seem to hold a

As Annika joins the teaching in the Christina’s classroom, Captain Norstad asks Libby, Caleb, Jordan, and Peter, “What is most important to you?  What do you really
want?” Though Jordan finds new, exciting possibilities for his
family’s freedom in Minnesota Territory, he and Peter also face mystery
and hardship.

When winter draws near, Pa needs to head south,
but Annika stays in St. Paul. Will she be lost to the never-give-up
family forever? Can the Christina possibly escape a winter ice storm? And what is the fiddler’s challenge for Freedom Seekers of every place and time?

In The Fiddler’s Secret,
the sixth and final novel in the Freedom Seekers series, as well as
other titles in the collection, Lois Walfrid Johnson combines high
story interest with truth that offers life to readers of every age.

Freedom Seekers series is a six-novel middle-reader set in 1857. Feel
the rush of immigrants to the new land, and the dangers of the
Underground Railroad in these true-to-life Riverboat stories.The
characters will receive a heart-warming response from readers of all
ages. Adult readers will ask themselves, “Would I have been one of
those who helped runaway slaves?” Lois Walfrid Johnson uses strong
historical research, great writing, and wonderful storytelling to bring
alive a critical time in American history.