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F is for freedom
Schotter, Roni.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Ink, 2000.
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
When ten-year-old Manda interrupts a midnight delivery, she discovers her parents' involvement in the Underground Railroad and makes her own contribution to a fugitive slave's freedom.
General Note:
"A Melanie Kroupa book"--T.p. verso.
Reading Level:
740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 3.0 44814.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.6 6 Quiz: 25174 Guided reading level: R.
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"Reading is freedom," Hannah's mother has always told her. "The thoughts in books are powerful strong, stronger even than chains," her father has said. One sharp knock at midnight, then a double thump. Impulsive, imaginative Amanda loves to read and playact, but this noise is real. Outside, her father is unloading a wagon. Out of the sacks come a man, a woman holding a sleeping baby, and Hannah, a tall, thin girl about Amanda's age--runaway slaves! Suddenly Amanda's life is full of danger. Her house, she discovers that night, is a stop on the Underground Railroad. But she also discovers a rare friend in Hannah. Courageous and determined, Hannah longs to be free in every way she can, including the freedom that comes with literacy. And headstrong Amanda is willing to risk everything to help her. Set a decade before the Civil War, this moving story crackles with suspense and says as much about the power of words as it does about the power of friendship.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Awakened by strange noises in the night, 10-year-old Amanda stumbles upon a chilling scene as four slaves emerge from grain sacks in a stranger's wagon. The girl's parents reveal that their house on the Hudson River is a station on the Underground Railroad and that secrecy is imperative. The terrified fugitives are locked inside a hidden closet moments before the constable arrives, but quick-minded Amanda tells an elaborate story to quell his suspicions. In the ensuing days, the girl befriends Hannah, the slave family's curious and vivacious daughter, and teaches her to read and write a few letters. Eager to provide a brief taste of freedom, Amanda disobeys her father and takes Hannah outside to explore the meadow. When slave hunters spot them, the girls flee into a camouflaged tunnel that Amanda knows of, not realizing that it is an escape route for slaves. Later that night, she guides the family through this tunnel to the boat that will transport them to Canada. Schotter's characters are disappointingly vague, and even though their dialogue mentions many of the social and political issues that affect them, there is little elaboration or detail. The plot is simplistic and relies heavily on sentimentality. Mordan's dramatic black-and-white scratchboard illustrations appear throughout. Though the story may generate interest from young readers, better books on the subject are available.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.