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!Free Kindle ♛ Friend on Freedom River ♗ Inthe Detroit River was a major track along the Underground Railroad the last step to freedom The journey across the river was dangerous, especially in winter and especially for ayear old boy When Louis s father left him in charge of the farm he offered his son this advice, If you don t know what to do, just do what you think I would have done Louis relies upon his father s words of wisdom when a runaway slave and her two children come looking for safe passage In the second title in our Tales of Young Americans series Gloria Whelan author of National Book Award winning Homeless Bird beautifully creates a suspenseful coming of age story while illuminating a difficult time in America s past Ms Whelan s narrative again shows the human spirit will forever shine brightly in dark times Freedom River part of our Young Americans series will quickly become a favorite for its important message and look at history from a youngster s eye Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen a Sleeping Bear Press favorite treats the material as only he can Each illustrated page demonstrates the same mastery and devotion to his craft as the young heroes he brings to life Genre Historical Fiction Grade Level 1 4While reading this book it made me realized that no matter what age you are, you can make a difference The main character made a very risky decision but he knew his father would of done the same This book is shown from a younger boy view that knows what is going on in the world. This is a historical fiction book that would serve as a good introduction to the underground railroad The story is about a slave who is traveling the underground railroad with her two children and a young boy who decides to help them cross the Detroit River into Canada The boy must decide between his safety and helping Instead of deciding to do the easy thing, he decides to help the family across the river The book is a tale of right and wrong, bravery, courage, and sacrifice The illustrati This is a historical fiction book that would serve as a good introduction to the underground railroad The story is about a slave who is traveling the underground railroad with her two children and a young boy who decides to help them cross the Detroit River into Canada The boy must decide between his safety and helping Instead of deciding to do the easy thing, he decides to help the family across the river The book is a tale of right and wrong, bravery, courage, and sacrifice The illustrations are stunning paintings They bring so much emotion to the story, you can feel the cold that the characters experience on the Detroit River as they break up the ice while they cross I would share this with students of all ages, it would be a good introduction to abolitionism, and there are endless extension activities that could be done with this book Reading LevelsDRA 34Lexile 330LExplanation of Star Rating I absolutely loved this book, which is why I gave it five stars This book fits perfectly in the historical fiction category It is about the underground railroad from the perspective of a 12 year old boy I think engaging books about history can be difficult to find but this book is written very well I will definitely use this in my future classroom The author does an excellent job of making the young boy s life engaging and easy to Reading LevelsDRA 34Lexile 330LExplanation of Star Rating I absolutely loved this book, which is why I gave it five stars This book fits perfectly in the historical fiction category It is about the underground railroad from the perspective of a 12 year old boy I think engaging books about history can be difficult to find but this book is written very well I will definitely use this in my future classroom The author does an excellent job of making the young boy s life engaging and easy to comprehend Most standout trait s Voice This is a powerful read about a young boy who showed he had the heart of a compassionate brave man While Louise s father was away earning money for the family Louise has to maintain the farm, and when called upon his father s station on the Underground Railroad ferrying runaway slaves into Canada amid the heavily patrolled waters and dangerous weather conditions A perfect book to share with students when covering the Civil War or anytime. Not my favorite from Gloria Whelan, but a good and honest story, nonetheless The illustrations are excellent. This book can be used while doing a unit on the underground railroad It is a story of a boy who helps a mother with her two children cross the river into Canada I could have the students write a story about a time when they have helped someone or they could write a story about what would they do if slaves wanted them to help them get to freedom. This story of a boy who, in the absence of his father to guide him, helps three runaway slaves escape to Canada over the treacherous Detroit River at night is an inspiring story from the slavery era of our country It s really a good read, high in suspense and full of detail Really a good read. A terrific introduction to the Underground Railroad I ve read it aloud to students in grades 3 to 7 Even fidgety kids sit still for this one A lot of ground is covered in this short book. Everything about this book makes it a winner the illustrations are not only gorgeous and informative, but the facial expressions, bnody postures, and use of light make an already dramatic story spellbinding.