on March 3, 2000
The book is wonderfully written. It demonstrates the various views of all those involved in the Underground Railroad. Houston also does an excellent job of going inside the characters to show their inner struggle in dealing with slavery. I found myself engulfed in Bright's actions and thoughts, at times, having many of the same sentiments. I found myself reading the book at different paces. I believe the syntax was a major part in this change of pace. However, the effect it gave was masterfully done. I noticed the more difficult syntax was used during the times a character struggle was occuring. Overall, the book would be an excellent choice for anyone, moreover, especially for a young reader. It is a great work of literature that could be used in both a language arts class or a social studies class.
on September 23, 1998
Bright Cameron has known since she was just a little girl that her parents were providing a safehouse for the Underground Railroad on the Camerons' North Caronlina farm. Ever since her Pa, an indetured servant from Scotland, escaped from bondage, he's been helping slaves escape. Now, Pa's ill, and only Bright can save a fugitive slave woman and her two children. But can she find the courage to do so? This was an excellent book.