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Underground
by Shane W. Evans

Overview - A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They ahgggre heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They ahgggre heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596435384
  • ISBN-10: 1596435380
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: January 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-11-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

With haunting pictures and a few simple sentences, Evans (Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson) introduces beginning readers to a crucial piece of American history. In darkness lit mainly by moonlight, a slave family is seen sneaking away from a plantation, passing a sleeping overseer ("We are quiet"), creeping through shrubbery, and being greeted by a woman in a skirt and cap holding a lantern high ("We make new friends"). The eyes of the slaves shine with doubt and fear. Dense groupings of figures give a sense of immediacy, and rough charcoal lines echo the rugged paths the group travels. Difficult moments are handled with restraint: "Some don't make it," one page says, as a man with a rifle holds a defeated-looking slave. The slaves press on; the dawn that breaks around them is a metaphor for freedom. A man cradles a pregnant woman ("We are almost there"), and on the next page, he holds a swaddled newborn up to the shining sun in triumph. Telling the story without overwhelming readers is a delicate task, but Evans walks the line perfectly. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)

 
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