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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  1. Nice review, Donna! Sounds like an interesting historical novel for kids.

  2. Hi Mayra:

    Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it. It is a wonderful book.


  3. This book sounds so interesting. I have always been facinated by the Underground Railroad. Thanks for the review.

  4. Hi Terri:

    Thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to share with you my book when it comes out.


  5. Historical novels about this special time period are some of my favorites. This book sounds great. Congratulations.

    Great review, Donna. Thanks.


  6. I love historical settings. Or at least present day settings with a background rich in history. I love books set in history rich Europe, like Dan Brown's Angels and Demons.

    Stephen Tremp

  7. Donna,
    You picked a subject that I thoroughly enjoy. I'm anxious to read this book. Congratulations on your success.
    By the way, I've passed an award along to you. It's over on my blog. Just right click on the picture of the pretty award, copy and then paste onto your blog. ~ Yaya

  8. Bev, Stephen and YaYa:

    Thanks for stopping by. Your support is appreciated.



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