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Trouble Don't Last by Shelley Pearsall
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Jul 08, 11

bookshelves: children-sfic, best-book-of-2011, african-american-fiction
Read in July, 2011

Keep your eye on the sun
See how she run.
Don't let her catch you with your work undone.
I'm a trouble, I'm a trouble.
Trouble don't last always. -- Virginia Slave Song

For years, people have been telling me I should read this work of historic fiction for children. It takes place a couple of years before the start of the Civil War, 1859 to be exact and follows the trek of runaway slaves, Samuel (a boy of 11) and and old man named Harrison on the Underground Railroad. Along the way, they meet interesting characters that you (the reader), Samuel and Harrison don't know if they can trust.

The path to freedom was a long and arduous one. It wasn't just dangerous for the slaves running away, but for the "conductors" on the Underground Railroad. They believed in a cause and they took great risk(s) each time they met a runaway and helped them get just a little farther north.
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