Overground Railroad

Overground Railroad

Book - 2020 | First edition
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"A girl named Ruth Anne tells the story of her family's train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780823438730
Branch Call Number: CLINERA
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Ransome, James

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A girl named Ruth Anne tells the story of her family's train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration


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darladoodles
Dec 08, 2020

"All around me
everybody leaving for the North
talks in Bible words
Exodus
Egypt
Canaan
hoping that
Chicago
Detroit
and New York City
are
The Promised Land"

Ruth Ellen boards the New York bound Silver Meteor in North Carolina with her mama and daddy. Next stop Rocky Mount! Next stop Norfolk, Virginia! Next stop Alexandria, Virginia! Next stop Washington, D.C.! No more Whites Only car now. Next stop Baltimore, Maryland! Next stop Newark, Delaware! Next stop Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Last stop New York City, Penn Station! Along the way Ruth Ellen reads 'The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass' and we all see how her trip overground parallels the many who previously had to make the journey north underground. I loved the illustrations with fabric motifs scattered throughout. This author/illustrator team is consistent in their high quality picture books with loads of substance. Highly recommended for classroom read alouds!

IndyPL_JosephL Jun 26, 2020

Using the perspective of a young girl who is leaving the South with her family, this book teaches us about the "Overground Railroad" that carried millions of blacks up North along routes similar to the one Fredrick Douglas, who the girl is reading about during the ride, took to find freedom.

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