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.
This book had my 11 yr old wanting to read more at every sitting. We probably would have read it in a day if I could read aloud that long. Very informative and lots of historical facts about the Underground Railroad and all those who were willing to defend the rights of others.
I really enjoyed reading Escape to Freedom. The story grabbed me from the start and kept me focused to the end. I want me son to read this book. The main character is around his age and has great qualities. Reading about this period of history is very inspirational to see what people did to help strangers escape from slavery.
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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