Slavery and the Underground Railroad
Guccione, Leslie D. - Come Morning
Freedom's father, a freed slave, is a conductor on the
Underground Railroad. When his father is taken prisoner by
slave catchers, Freedom finds the courage to continue his father's
dangerous work. 120p.
McKissack, Pat - A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of
Clotee, a Slave Girl
Clotee, a house slave, must hide the fact that she can read
and write. Her secret diary is filled with details about her
life and her struggles over whether to flee or stay and help
others escape. 192p.
Hurmence, Belinda - A Girl Called Boy
Blanche Overtha Yancey (Boy, for short) hates her name, handed
down from her slave ancestors. Tired of hearing the old family
stories, Boy is in for a horri-fic shock when she is transported
back in time and finds herself on the run from plantation owners,
hunting dogs and slave catchers. 168p.
Lasky, Kathryn - True North: A Novel of the Underground
When Lucy finds a runaway slave girl hiding in her grandfather's
house, she agrees to help the girl find her way north, along
the Underground Railroad. 266p.
Lyons, Mary E. - Dear Ellen Bee: A Civil War Scrapbook
of Two Union Spies
A wealthy lady of Richmond and her servant, a freed slave,
infiltrate the highest level of the Confederacy to spy for
the Union Army. The two women communicate through a scrapbook
which includes notes, documents and newspaper clippings, telling
of the dangerous times in which they live. 161p.
Nixon, Joan Lowery - Caesar's
Caesar has been a slave on the Carter's Grove plantation
near Williamsburg all of his life. When the Master chooses
Caesar to be his personal ser-vant, Caesar must move into the
big house, far away from his family and friends. 165p.
Nordan, Robert - The Secret Road
Laura leaves her parents' Georgia plantation to spend
the summer with her Quaker aunt and uncle. After Laura discovers
that their home is a stop on the Underground Railroad, they
ask her to accompany a pregnant slave girl to her waiting husband
in the North. 202p.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis - Silent Thunder: A Civil War
Summer and Rosco take turns describing their lives as slaves
on a quiet Virginia plantation in the early days of the Civil
Reeder, Carolyn - Across the Lines
Edward, the son of a plantation owner, and Simon, his black
house slave, have always been close friends. However, when
the war comes to their home, each boy must seek his own path.
Rinaldi, Ann - Taking Liberty
After serving Martha Washington loyally for twenty years, Oney
realizes that she is still just a slave and not really a member
of the family. Should she stay, comfortable and owned, or flee
to freedom? 267p.
Robinet, Harriette - Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses
On the eve of the 1860 presidential election, Jacob and nine
other slaves are sold in a slave auction to a new master. On
the journey to their master's new home in California,
Jacob uncovers a plot that may cause the South to secede from
the Union. 192p.
Turner, Glennette Tilley - Running for Our Lives
With slave catchers on their trail, Luther and his sister are
forced to separate from the rest of their family and travel
north alone, along the Underground Railroad. 198p.
Whitmore, Arvella - Trapped Between the Lash and the
Jordan has decided to join the local street gang, the Cobras,
when he is transported through time to become a slave on the
plantation where his ancestors lived and worked. 184p.
Prepared by J. Runge, December 2004