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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  1. Looks like a great read. Four million? I didn't realize there were that many and I've read a lot of books about the Underground Railroad. This looks like another book I'm gonna' wanna' read. Thanks for the information. ~ Yaya

  2. Yaya...thanks for stopping by. I was amazed on how many slaves also. Unbelievable.

    Have a great day,


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