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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scholastic Biography
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (May 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590436287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590436281
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is for my son and he finds it very interesting.
deleen vassell
This is a great way to learn the history of slavery and the sacrifices made to gain freedom for everyone.
Donna Jo Salhany
When I was between the ages of 9-14..., I read this book at least 8 times.
Robin McKerracher

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodley on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Harriet Tubman has to rate as one of the most amazing heroines in history. A slave born in America in about 1820, (I say about as she never really new her birth date). She was always fired with a stronger will than her 'master' and 'mistress' liked. As a very young girl she was taken to the big house but she never got on with the mistress. She ended up whipped and sent back to be a field hand. She was short, but she worked so hard she soon was capable of doing a mans work. However she never wished to bow her head to any one.

When she was quite young she helped another slave escape and in the process was badly injured. Despite leaving her with sudden sleeping spells she escaped and went on to join the freedom train. Her inspirational way, strength and sheer will made her extremely successful at freeing many others - even when they eventually had to take the 'train' all the way to Canada. She even helped her elderly parents escape.

This is as much a story of slavery in America as this outlines the background of what Harriet was doing. Why she suddenly had to take her 'passengers' beyond the Delaware border to Canada. The wrangling of the slave-owning congress who wanted all slaves returned, that Lincoln refused to allow black troops in the civil war at first - and paid them only 2/3rds of what the white troops were earning.

It also talks about Harriet's life after the end of the civl war and her support of her family, friends and freedmen institutions to better her community.

This is a very well written, informative and entertaining book suitable for 8-12 year olds and I would highly recommend it. It is inpirational - about a girl who would not give up hope and when she could acted on it. I really liked the fact that this story is about someone who actually made change. This is not a glamouress herione, but one who really changed the face of America.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 5, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
In the beginning of the book Harriet Tubman was planning how to escape from slavery. She worked on a plantation in the south like so many other slaves. Harriet Tubman escaped with another slave and they got caught a white man hit Harriet in the head with a heavy object which caused her to have a concusion. When she got better she tried it again and made it to the north, were she got a job. She went back and got her family and friends. Harriet started making friends on the way that would help her and other slaves escape to the north, so Harriet started going back to the south and freeing slaves. She freed more then 300 slaves over the year.
Also Harriet fought in the army, became a nurse in an Negro hospital and trained other women to be nurses and founded the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She was a very tall black women that could not read or write. But she did so much for the slaves and to help free them.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book. When I say masterpiece, I mean masterpiece. A brillent true story of a brave young woman who lives in the hearts of children as a role model. When I read the book I felt like I was really there. It is very realistic. Harriet Tubman is an exellent book. Read it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was very informative, about the life of Harriet Tubman. What a wonderful, caring woman she was. She was truly a modern day Moses. She loved her people so much and helped them as much as she could. I would like to thank the author, for writing such a wonderful biography of Harriet Tubman. Thank you, Nick Sicignano 7th grade
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
If I could, I'd give this book 6 stars. It's the story of Harriet Tubman who was born into slavery. Harriet Tubman escaped and then helped other slaves escape with the underground railroad. I learned more about the Civil War and how courageous Harriet was. It is a good book for those who want to learn more about the Civil War. This would be good for all ages to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flO on April 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is about the trials and tribulations of Harriet Tubman, a woman whos feats can never be matched. The plot is never boring because it is true and nothing can get the heart pumping more than an adventure. Its a good book for book reports. Also read to young children so that they may learn about the past and the good triats they should learn. I could tell you the whole story but I'd prefer you read one of the best books I ever read The Story of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Train.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on February 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
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!!
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