When I opened this book, I could not put it down!
Lowry Rankin loved Kentucky, and never wanted to leave. But when he saw his black friend, Sherwood, whipped by someone who didn't think that slaves should be taught to read, at almost 9 years old, he decided he didn't like Kentucky anymore, and him and his family moved across into Ohio. Soon he was helping escaped slaves on their way north, to safety. He and his family risked their lives to continue this work for many years.
This is a book that I would recommend to young adults and older adults alike, all who are interested in what life was like in pre Civil War days. I feel, that even though it is labeled as fiction, it is probably very close to the real story, maybe with a little less drama than the real thing.
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I received this book to read and review, from Kregel Publishers. No other compensation for this review was given. I'm not required to give a postive review, and all opinions expressed here are my own.