The Bird­man

Troon Har­ri­son, Fran­cois This­dale (Il­lus­tra­tor)

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Red Deer Press (FE­BRU­ARY) Hard­cover $24.95 (48pp) 978-0-88995-506-6

A man of many tal­ents who loved na­ture, Alexan­der Mil­ton Ross was a lit­tle-known hero of the Un­der­ground Rail­road. He left his home in Canada to tour plan­ta­tion fields as an or­nithol­o­gist, se­cretly help­ing slaves es­cape to free­dom. Strik­ing il­lus­tra­tions in deep hues are in­set over faint out­lines of map grids and a nat­u­ral­ist’s notebook of birds and flow­ers; they add a dream­like qual­ity to the dar­ing, dan­ger­ous tales of a real-life se­cret agent.

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