Friday, October 30, 2009
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
Title: If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
Written by: Ellen Levine
Illustrated by: Larry Johnson
Soft cover: 64 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Published: February 1993
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.
Learn more about author, Ellen Levine at: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=3318
Learn more about illustrator, Larry Johnson at: http://www.zhibit.org/illustrator
Friday, October 16, 2009
Written by: Gloria Houston
Soft cover: 166 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: October 1998
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.
To learn more about Gloria Houston visit: http://www.brightmountainbooks.com/titles/littlejim.html
Friday, October 9, 2009
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
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.
To learn more about Katherine Ayres visit: http://personal.chatham.edu/faculty/kayres