“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark. Scholastic, c. 1991.
Reading Level: 720L
Synopsis: Freedom Crossing is set in the late 1800’s and is the story of a young girl who is forced to question her ideals when she returns to her childhood home. Laura Eastman moves back to Lewiston, NY to live with her father and brother after living with family in Virginia for four years. While living in Virginia, Laura adopted the beliefs that slavery was reasonable. When she returns to New York, she learns that her father is a conductor on the underground railroad. While her father is out of town, a runaway slave comes to Laura and her brother for help. Laura reluctantly helps him escape to Canada. During this journey, everything she believes about slavery changes, as she sees the truth of this terrible historical time.
Rationale for Use: Exciting plot. Well developed, believable characters.
Content Area Connections: Slavery, race, underground railroads
Possible Problems or Concerns: May be disturbing to some. Mention of mistreatment of slaves, including whipping.