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Harriet Tubman : conductor on the Underground Railroad
Petry, Ann, 1908-1997.
Personal Author:
First Harper Trophy edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper Trophy, 1996.

Physical Description:
247 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.6 9.0 366.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 13 Quiz: 05003 Guided reading level: NR.
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The quintessential biography for middle grade readers of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery hero who is expected to be the face of the new $20 bill. The New Yorker praised this book as "an evocative portrait," and the Chicago Tribune called it "superb."

Harriet Tubman was born a slave and dreamed of being free. She was willing to risk everything--including her own life--to see that dream come true. After her daring escape, Harriet became a conductor on the secret Underground Railroad, helping others make the dangerous journey to freedom.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad is an accessible portrait of the woman who guided more than 300 slaves to freedom. This award-winning introduction to the late abolitionist is an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Outstanding Book. This book also includes an index.

Author Notes

Ann Petry was born in Old Saybrook, Connecticut on October 12, 1908. She received a degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1931. After working in the family business for three years, she wrote for the Amsterdam News and later for other publications. From 1944 to 1946, she studied creative writing at Columbia University. Her first novel, The Street, was published in 1946 and became the first novel by an African American to sell more than a million copies. Her other works include Country Place, The Narrows, The Drugstore Cat, Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad, and Tituba of Salem Village. She died on April 28, 1997 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Based on the life of Harriet Tubman, this recording of the book by Ann Petry (Crowell, 1955, HarperTrophy, 1996) is as stunning as her life. The narration by Peter Francis James suits the tone of this powerful tale. His deep, resonant voice grabs your attention from the beginning. Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Maryland about 1820 and grew up wishing for freedom for herself and her family. When she was nearly 30 years old, she escaped via the underground railroad, leaving her husband and family members behind. From that time on she dedicated her life to freeing her family and other slaves. In her lifetime she rescued over 300 slaves and led them to freedom. This recording will be in constant demand. An excellent addition to Black History collections.-Ginny Harrell, William M. McGarrah Elementary School, Morrow, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.