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January's Sparrow by Patricia Polacco
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Sep 18, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: grades-4-6, historical-fiction, middle-school, picture-books
Read in September, 2010

This is a hard book to pigeon hole. It is a picture book, but it is 96 pages long. It is the story of slaves running to freedom on the Underground Railroad that is told in a harrowing, gut wrenching way. The illustrations of the brutal beating that open the book are graphic and unsettling. It is a great story from one of the best storytellers in childrens' literature. Definitely best used by a teacher with a class or a parent sharing it with their child. Polacco's body of work continues to be incredible.

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