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This classic biography, called "unusually well written and moving" by Horn Book, is a vivid and accessible portrait of one of America's most inspiring heroes. The story of the courageous woman who guided over 300 slaves to freedom is told "with insight, style and a fine narrative skill," wrote the New York Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Thrilling. A good read.” (Children's Literature)

“An unusually well-written and moving life of the ‘Moses of her people.’’ (The Horn Book) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812469313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812469318
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
The southern United States, in the 1800's was a land of the tobacco and cotton industry, and a land of slaves. Born in 1821, Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Maryland, and then she never thought that she would be the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. Early as a child, Harriet, or Minta, as she was called, was often sold from person to person, after getting a blow to the head from her master, because she wouldn't help capture an escaped slave. In her later years, she escaped to the north and became a free person. Then, after she beomes free, she helps the slaves that she knows from her old home escape through the hidden passes thus becoming a conductor for the Underground Railroad. All was well until a new law is passed: The Fugitive Slave Law, a law in which any runaway slave in the free states can be brought back to their original masters. Because of this, Harriet Tubman starts to take her runaway passengers to St. Catherines, Canada, where all former slaves would be free from the Fugitive Slave Law. Soon, after taking large numbers of slaves to Canada, Harriet makes a huge decision to take her parents along with her on her next journey. After a hard, back-breaking journey, they finally make it to St. Catherines. However, after transporting close to 300 runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman ended her journey and started a new one serving as a spy and a nurse. Before and after dying in 1913, Harriet Tubman was recognized as a great person and as a "Moses" to many of the escaped slaves that she rescued. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad, by Ann Petry, is a great biography that has suspense, adventure, and tells a great and accurate version of Harriet Tubman and her life.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on April 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad" is a fantastic little biography of Harriet Tubman. Tubman has always been one of my personal heroes and this book does her story justice.

I would say this book can be easily enjoyed by 4th graders and up. It also could serve as a great starting point for adults that don't know much about slavery and the American Abolitionist movement. While telling the story of Tubman's life, Petry also includes at the end of nearly every chapter historical tidbits about the slavery and the Abolitionist movement at the national level.

The discussion of her service in the Civil War as a scout in the coastal areas of South Carolina spurred me to do some further research. Her commanding officer in the raids was Colonel James M. Montgomery, the nutty commander in the movie Glory with this memorable line: "You see sesesh has to be cleared away by the hand of God like the Jews of old. Now I will have to burn this town." Interestingly, Montgomery also served with John Brown in Kansas. Harriet Tubman also knew John Brown although she was not comfortable with his violent ways.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Roberts on September 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Harriet Tubman is a wonderful book that begins slow but soon you won't want each chapter to end. Ann Petry has made detail part of the story. I personally stay up reading as late as my mother will let me. I highly recommend this tale of Harriet Tubman, a woman who's courage and faith in God made a difference in the world.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is very dramatic and help you understand how it was for a salve and especialy a brave slay like Harriet Tubman. Anny Petry demonstrated the book very carefully.It tells the effort and the risk that a salve had to go through to get his or her freedom .It is a very good book, I recomand it .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
The book is about a girl who had an unusual life as a child. Harriet Tubman suffered a lot during her life time. She risked her life to help slaves and take them to the North. If you like adventure and a very descriptive book you should read it. You learn and experience what it was like during her time.Harriet Tubman never gave up. I especially liked how the book had historical facts at the end of each chapter to explain what was going on during her events. It was an interesting and exciting book, a page turner. You don't have to like history to read this book. You'll get hooked anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Stutz on September 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love civil war history and this book will become one of my favorite on the subject. I thought I knew about Harriet Tubman and what she did helping others escape slavery; I was wrong. I had no idea "who" she was and what she went through. I didn't know what drover her, what inspired her and what she sacrificed until I read this book.

Once when Petry was talking about Harriet and another female character in another book she said, "These women were slaves. I hoped that I had made them come alive, turned them into real people. I tried to make history speak across the centuries in the voices of people--young, old, good, evil, beautiful, ugly." Believe me she did just that. She makes Harriet come back alive and real again. It was as if I was walking the miles between underground safety houses, I felt the pain of the stone that hit her head and almost killed her, and I understood the stubborn need to not just be free but to go back again and again to help others over and over again.

Harriet Tubman was a wonderful American woman that not only helped others to be free but shaped history. I especially loved the notes at the end of each chapter telling what was happening at the same time in history, It gives just a little bit more of information and shows how special Harriet was and how it was a miracle that she was never caught.

The best part about this book is that it is very easy to read. I cant wait to get a hold of more books by Petry.
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