My 13yr old son said it was a good book because it showed a singular story of the slave trade and how much the Underground Railroad sacrificed to do the right thing. He said it was insightful and beautifully written.
I read this aloud to my children, ages 6-13, and we all enjoyed the story line and everything we learned about this time period. This book teaches about the value of choosing the right, even when others view it as wrong, of not judging others, and of the power of family.
This was one of my favorite books that our family read this year. We used it as a read-aloud while we were studying slavery and abolitionism. The story was interesting and was able to hold the attention of my older children (15 and 13). I think that it would be enjoyed by young children, as well. The fact that it was about true incidents made it all the more interesting.
A really interesting perspective on the underground railroad. We loved reading about all of the people that Timothy’s family helped.
This book is a great way to share the history surrounding the underground railroad in a child-friendly way. The book has action and suspense and was enjoyed by my entire family.
What were all those strange noises Timothy Blaine kept hearing in the middle of the night—the creaking boards and scratching on the window panes?
One night he discovers the answer: his parents are hiding runaway slaves! Timothy is proud when they ask him and his friend Jake to join in the thrilling work of running a station on the Underground Railroad. The boys soon learn that their families and other courageous men and women are risking everything to help the fugitives reach Canada.
Ruth Rosdick Jones is unusually qualified to write this dramatic story, for she has based the book’s events on the true adventures of her own grandparents who, before the Civil War, helped many slaves escape to freedom.
Clean language version
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 4 course and is included in the optional History 4 Book Pack.
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