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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0880 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698119371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698119376
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A perceptive, satisfying story." --Booklist


"Mrs. Fritz has written an exciting, yet tender, chronicle of the boy, his home, and his times." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Brady Minton knows his father is against slavery, but when he finds that his father is an Underground Railroad agent he doesn't know what to do. Brady lives on a farm in Northern Virginia. He has a hard time keeping secrets, so when he finds out about his father being a Railroad agent; it takes all he's got to stay quiet. This book is a great historical fiction book.

Brady written by Jean Fritz has a lot of suspense and keeps you on your toes. When Brady and his friend, Range, go snooping on the hermit in the woods, they find out that the hermit's house is an Underground Railroad Station. Because Brady can't learn to keep a secret he blabs at dinner. Another suspenseful part is when a slave catcher comes to town and finds out where the hermit lives. Range and Brady follow behind and find out that the hermit moved. When the Minton family starts finding threatening notes it's suspenseful because no one knows who wrote the notes.

This book is also about how a young boy wants to grow up and be a man. Brady's brothers are written in their family Bible about all their accomplishments except for Brady. When Brady finds out about the runaway slave he takes matters into his own hands. But when their barn burns down Brady has to take the slave to the next station by himself. In the end his father writes his accomplishment of taking over his father's station.

Jean Fritz does a good job of how certain things might have gone down before the Civil War Era. For example: When Brady finds an Underground Railroad Station. He is so overwhelmed with the secrecy that he blabs. And when he finds out about his own father being an agent he has to use all that is in him to keep quiet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 22, 2003
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I enjoyed reading the book Brady. We read it as an assignment in my 5th grade class. The book kept me on the edge of my seat. It teaches kids to always tell the truth and to stand for a cause that you beleive in. It was an excellent way to learn about the history of slavery in the USA and the willingness of people to help others to have their freedom. The entire class was begging the teacher to keep on going. We did not want to put the book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Layman on January 28, 2014
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Our copies of Brady were pretty tattered and the battle Book competition is coming up so I ordered some copies from Amazon. They came in great condition and are solid paperbacks. So grateful to Amazon for this option of ordering having them come in 2 days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Moncrieff on September 20, 2013
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our 12 year old enjoyed the book, she is learning about the underground railroad in school, so I figured this book that I enjoyed as a kid would be a nice addition to her studies.
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Brady tells the story of a 19th century Pennsylvania boy whose family is divided on the issue of slavery. Brady is unsure as to what he believes. Brady learns a lot about life as this coming of age story progresses-- central themes include: slavery (many facets), relationship with his father, learning not to say too much, friendships. Excellent read for mid to late elementary! Nothing too intense or inappropriate but thought provoking.
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"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work--reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

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