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Voices from the Underground Railroad

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From the creators of Voices from the Oregon Trail and Colonial Voices, an unflinching story of two young runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, told in their voices and those who helped and hindered them

It's the 1850s and enslaved siblings Jeb and Mattie are about the make a break for freedom. The pair travel north from Maryland to New Bedford, Massachusetts along the
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Dial Books
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A picture book with prose focusing on a brother and sister who need to escape their owners and embark on a dangerous journey using the Underground Railroad to get them to freedom. Their master is a drunk and abuser while the wife abuses the young girl who works in the house. Jed is able to work at a local shop but quickly realizes that because the family needs money, they will be sold and likely to different homes. They escape in the night and make their way through dangerous territory with boun ...more
Rob Chappell
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This exceptional book is a fine introduction to the Underground Railroad. The story, although fictional, is based on the accounts of slaves who risked their lives to reach freedom in the Northern United States and/or Canada. In the fast-paced narrative, we "hear" the voices of many participants in the story, expressing their various standpoints as the plot moves forward. Multiple perspectives bring heightened realism and suspense to the overarching story, and along the way, we learn about the Un ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Tonight's the night.

Premise/plot: Jeb and Mattie are two slaves that have decided to run away. Their stories are told in verse. The perspectives alternate between the two. Occasionally readers hear other voices as well from men and women working on the underground railroad.

My thoughts: I would definitely recommend this picture book for older readers. It is a compelling story told completely in verse. The back matter includes an author's note and extensive bibliography. The illust
One of the more effective books in the "Voices from" series. An exciting story about a historical period.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story follows Jeb and Mattie; siblings who are about to attempt to flee slavery in Maryland and use the network of good people and hiding places known as the Underground Railroad to make their way north to where their older brother Ben is supposed to be living in Massachusetts. The illustrations fit the tone and the text reads/looks nearly like a poem. The tension of why the two need to leave is there and not avoided. Each short section is from the point of view of a different character (wi ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Winters, Kay Voices from the Underground Railroad, illustrated by Larry Day. PICTURE BOOK. Dial (Penguin), 2018. $19. 9780803740921

This book tells the fictional story of a young brother and sister escaping from slavery via the underground railroad. The narrative is told in a rotating perspective that includes the escaping pair, the slave holder, the operative, the slave catchers and more. The appendix includes many historical notes and terminology. Feature large dark illustrations.

The interestin
It's 1861, and Jeb and Mattie, two enslaved siblings on a Maryland plantation decide that the time has come for them to escape. Having seen their mother sold elsewhere years ago, they know that an auction might mean they'd be separated, and they cannot endure any more losses or separations. Their story is told through the voices of this determined young brother and sister as well as the voices of those who helped them and those who would hinder them. Because each page is presented as a free-vers ...more
I always liked things about the Underground Railroad, ever since elementary school and we studied it. I liked living in a state that participated in it as well. So I enjoyed this book, especially how it used several voices along the journey. Short and easy to digest for children. There are a couple of things that may be a bit deep and slightly unnecessary for that age to know right then (e.g., that the master liked women), but certainly paint the picture effectively. I liked the illustrations as ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A captivating story of two young runaway slaves placing all their hopes on the Underground Railroad and its kind-hearted Conductors who put themselves in harms way to help those most in need. Kay Winters did a fantastic job of switching the perspective throughout the read yet keeping the focus on Jeb and Mattie’s desperate situation. A perfect addition to any elementary classroom or library and a must read when discussing slavery and the Underground Railroad with students.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really liked the different voices that tell this story-- not just from the children running away but also from those who helped, the enslavers, and the slave catchers. It's a good story to read to children during story time or as an explanation to young children about what that time was.
Donna Merritt
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book told in prose poems about a brother and sister who escape slavery. It has just enough edge for elementary students without scaring them. The historical notes and reference section at the end are an excellent resource for further exploration.
Debbie Tanner
This gorgeous picture book tells the story of two slaves who runaway on the Underground Railroad in a variety of voices. You get to hear the slaves' story, but you also get to hear the station masters along the way and the slave catchers. Terrific piece of work!
Edward Sullivan
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
In the 1850s, enslaved siblings Jeb and Mattie in Maryland runaway and, with the help of the Underground Railroad, travel north to freedom in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Brenda Kahn
Beautifully rendered illustrations, plentiful backmatter and suggestions for further reading but I found the narrative curiously distancing.
Erin Murphy
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked how the story was told my many different people from all different stations of the Underground Railroad. Would make a great read aloud for older grades.
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Kay Winters, a former teacher and language arts consultant, is now devoting herself to writing for children full-time. Kay is the author of a number of children's books, including Whooo's Haunting The Teeny Tiny Ghost?, also illustrated by Lynn Munsinger; Did You See What I Saw?: Poems about School, illustrated by Martha Weston; and Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books, illustrated by Nancy Carpen ...more