For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the Underground Railroad. I think it started in Jr. high, when we read Uncle Toms Cabin. But whatever the reason, I love the history surrounding it. To know that there were people willing to risk their lives to help slaves escape - is inspiring to me.
I was given the chance to review the book, Across the Wide River, by Stephanie Reed. It was published in 2004, and is now onto it's 3rd round of publication.
Click here for a synopsis of the book.
When I started reading the book, it did not take very long to get into it. A few pages, and I was already engrossed in the story of Lowry Rankin, the son of a Reverand. I manged to finish the book in a few days (which is pretty impressive seeing as I have 2 little ones demanding my attention!). The book is meant as teen fiction and it is based on the Rankin family, who really were abolitionists and aided slaves on the Underground Railroad.
The book tells the story of Lowry, the oldest son. You watch him grow from a young boy to a man; and his conflicted feelings about helping his parents assist the slaves to the next station on the Underground Railroad.
To order your own copy of Across the Wide River, click here.
Stephanie Reed has also published a sequel, The Light Across The River - which I am looking forward to reading as well!
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