Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Reviews - The Underground Railroad

Due to unforeseen circumstances the schedule for my next three book reviews had to be adjusted.

In an effort to spread more information about The Underground Railroad I will be featuring children's book reviews based on this historical time period.

Secret Signs ~ An Escape Through The Underground Railroad by Anita Riggio - November 6th

Barefoot ~ Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards - November 13th

The Patchwork Path ~ A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud - November 20th

Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Book Review: If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine

Title: If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad

Written by: Ellen Levine

Illustrated by: Larry Johnson

Soft cover: 64 pages

Ages: 9-12

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

ISBN: 0-590-45156-1

Published: February 1993

Price: $5.99

Four million slaves in America in the year 1860? Is that possible? Unfortunately yes. Learn about this despairing time in American history. From the code words used to make the Underground Railroad a success, where a runaway would go for help, how long would a slave have to travel to freedom, what dangers did the slaves and conductors encounter?

The depth of organization, commitment, and traveling on the Underground Railroad were enormous. Come along for this expansive journey through the Underground Railroad and be mesmerized by what the people of this era endured to achieve freedom.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Book Review: Bright Freedom's Song ~ A Story of the Underground Railroad

Title: Bright Freedom’s Song ~ A Story of the Underground Railroad

Written by: Gloria Houston

Soft cover: 166 pages

Ages: 12+

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 978-0152018123

Published: October 1998

Price: $17.00

Fourteen-year-old Bright is living in 1861 and is wise beyond her years. Forced to come to grips of the war fought to own slaves, Bright finds herself learning of her family’s secret. Can she be strong and carry on her family’s mission during her father’s illness? Learning the code words and procedures of the Underground Railroad, Bright embarks on a journey with Marcus, a former slave, to deliver bundles to safety. As so many who assisted in the Underground Railroad, Bright is well aware of the dire circumstances that will land on her if caught and disregards her own safety for her strong beliefs against slavery.

“Where you headed, my pretty lady? asked the soldier sneering. With a Negro in your wagon in the middle of the night? Be he slave? Or be he free?””

Will Bright and Marcus prevail?

Author, Gloria Houston brings to life the story of Bright and her bravery in her contributions to the Underground Railroad in such a manner you will find yourself cheering for Bright’s success.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Book Review: North by Light ~ A Story of the Underground Railroad by Katherine Ayres

Title: North by Night ~ A Story of the Underground Railroad

Written by: Katherine Ayres

Soft cover: 176 pages

Ages: 9 to 12

Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0-440-22747-X

Published: 1998

Price: $5.99

Transport back to the year 1851. Would you be able to reach deep within and summon up the courage to be a transporter on the Underground Railroad? Many people could not and did not in fear of the law. Sixteen-year-old, Lucinda Spencer does just that with no regard to her own safety. Lucinda’s personal recollections through diary entries and her courage will have you spellbound from the onset.

“Even as I work long hours to help the runaways, I do so with only half my mind, for the other half lingers at that bonfire. I can still feel the soft warmth of Jeremiah’s lips on mine. I touch my mouth again and again, to remember. What’s wrong with me? I consider myself in love with Jonathan Clark.”

The author expertly intertwines the everyday struggles of farm life and coming to terms with unforeseen relationships. Lucinda’s focus and heartfelt determination is inspiring. Come along for this fascinating journey of the Underground Railroad, one you will soon not forget.

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