Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Bonnie Bader
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Addy is one of the millions of slaves living in the United States in 1864. This book spans the history of slavery, sharing accounts about the Underground Railroad and the secret routes that allowed many slaves to escape. With stories from people in slavery, conductors of the Underground Railroad, and those on their way to escape, readers will get an overview of the terrible reality of slavery as well as the hope for freedom that existed. Come to know some of the efforts that went in to abolishing slavery in the United States through Real Stories from My Time: The Underground Railroad.
Familiarizing readers with slavery and the Underground Railroad, this book is a great addition to the American Girl historical collection. Readers will come across information and accounts of the Underground Railroad as this book is largely nonfiction. A short fictional story about Addy is spread throughout the chapters in segments that readers will also enjoy. This book takes a hard topic and provides readers, specifically children, with information that is developmentally appropriate for them, while still being representative of the time in history. Well-researched and well-written, this book flows smoothly and quickly, informing readers in an engaging way. A great resource for the classroom or home to teach about slavery and the Underground Railroad.
*Contains mild violence.