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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review - Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling

TITLE: Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman
SERIES: Scholastic Biographies
AUTHOR: Dorothy Sterling 
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Paperbacks
PUBLICATION DATE: May 1, 1987 (first published 1954)
FORMAT: Paperback, 192 pages
GENRE: Non-fiction, Biography
ISBN: 9780590436281
Born into slavery, young Harriet Tubman knew only hard work and hunger. Escape seemed impossible--certainly dangerous. Yet Harriet did escape North, by the secret route called the Underground Railroad. Harriet didn't forget her people. Again and again she risked her life to lead them on the same secret, dangerous journey.


I read this biography aloud to my children. The timing worked out well because it is Black History Month.

Harriet Tubman is an inspiring heroine! Despite having a hard life born into slavery, being beaten by her masters, and surviving a serious head wound that should have killed her, she went on to accomplish great things. She single-handedly brought over 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. It is astonishing that she eluded detection with 19 trips across slave territory. We laughed at the mention of Harriet sleeping on a bench beneath a “wanted” poster for her capture. I firmly believe that she had divine intervention helping her along the way.

"I was conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say – I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger."

Sterling’s account of Harriet Tubman’s life was fascinating, and my kids and I loved it! Highly recommended!!

#13 for my Monthly Mix-up Mania: 2013 to 2015 Edition   
Letter F for my 2013 A to Z Reading Challenge  

#20 for my Five-Year Reading Challenge: A Non-Fiction Adventure   


  1. Visiting from Book Blogs and delighted to encounter this book on your blog. I own a copy and read it some years ago. It's extremely inspiring and a wonderful tribute to the unconquerable human spirit.

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