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Train to Midnight: A Dream-Quest Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Janie Lynn Panagopoulos
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Book Description

Malaika and her brother Sammy have been arguing about the Underground Railroad when they are caught in an afternoon storm and whisked back into the lives of Malaika and Samson who are escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad. Separated from their mother, the pair make their way across the Ohio River to a stop on the Underground Railroad, the home of a Quaker couple who introduce them to Daniel; a crude but warm-hearted abolitionist.

Reluctantly, Daniel agrees to accompany the youngsters on their journey through Indiana and Ohio to Detroit, Michigan, where they hope to rejoin their mother and take a boat to the safety of Canada. But the trip is fraught with danger as two slave-catchers chase the trio all the way to the border.

In true Panagopoulos style, "Train to Midnight" gives readers an informative look into the past while skillfully combining the true adventures of the chase and the tension of a family's separation with the comic relief of her colorful, true-to-life characters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: River Road Publications; 1 edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BC1HTI2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT! December 20, 2009
I read this book to my third and fourth grade students. We have many of Janie Lynn Panagopoulos books at our school. This story was well written and has a high interest level while teaching students about non-fictional history. What an excellent choice for teaching about historical perspectives of the past. I highly recommend her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read-Aloud September 30, 2014
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I teach a first/second grade combination class. I read this book aloud to my students after lunch every day for nearly a month. Mid-way through the book we took a field trip to an actual safe house that was on the Underground Railroad. As many books as I've read aloud to my classes, Train to Midnight is absolutely one of the very best. It was engaging from the very first moment, memorable, exciting, vivid, had an ideal balance between problems and progress, and was just plain enjoyable. My students really cared about these characters. Their only negative comment was that they wished that the core story would have reached a full resolution before the ending took us back to the modern-day part of the outside story. That will make sense to those who have read the book. I am thrilled with Janie Lynn Panagolpouls, and I'm looking forward to reading her other books too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars COOL!!! April 8, 2001
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I thought that this was an exciting book about the Underground Railroad. It was funny at times, but sad at others. The book made laugh, and it made me cry. It had TONS of adventure and it would be a good book for those who love action. However, the ending was excellent, and I loved it. I think that you should read it, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best! February 20, 2000
By Heather
This book is one of the best the she has written. This is my cousin and I think the books she writes are the best. I love them!
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More About the Author

Janie Lynn Panagopoulos, historian, author, lecturer has worked in the field of historical research, interpretation and writing for thirty-four years. Originally working in advertising and as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, Panagopoulos has had over 1,000 articles published (1974-1992). She also syndicated a history series that ran in fourteen Midwest newspapers (1985-1987).

Ms. Panagopoulos has taught courses in theater arts and play-writing (1986-1990) and has had several of her plays produced. She has also taught writing courses and workshops at colleges and schools throughout the United States. Ms. Panagopoulos served as an editor for Health Horizon magazine (1988-1990), and today she works with serious-minded writing students from around the world as a writing mentor on the Internet and with Distant Learning programs.

In 1989, Panagopoulos was a National Historical Grant recipient which ignited her passion for historical research. In 1993, her first documentary historical fiction novel, Traders in Time was published by River Road Publications, a scholastic publishing house. Other novels followed including: Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp (1994), Erie Trail West (1996), North to Iron Country(1997), Little Ship Under Full Sail (1999), Train to Midnight (2001), Runes of Isle Royale (2003), Calling the Griffin (2004), Madame Cadillac's Ghost (2005), A Place Called Home (2000), Castle At the Straits (2003) , Mark of the Bear Claw (2006), and A Faraway Home: An Orphan Train Story (2007). Currently, Janie is working on another book in the Dream Quest series and continuing her research concerning ancient China and its connection with the migration of Native Americans into North America.

In the year 2000, Ms. Panagopoulos was awarded the prestigious "Michigan Authors Award". In 2001, she received the coveted "Read Michigan Award" granted by Michigan's Governor Engler and Michigan's Secretary of State Candace Miller, two of her books have also won the notable "Student Choice Award". In November 2008, the National Council for Geographic Education, Washington D. C. , awarded Ms. Panagopoulos' book, A Faraway Home: An Orphan Train Story the prestigious "GEM Award" (Geographic Excellence in Media). This was the first time in the organization's 93 year history that a work of fiction has received this award. In June 2009, Ms. Panagopoulos was awarded the "Content Service Provider's Honorable Mention Award" for her videoconferencing and Distant Learning programs and in 2012 she was awarded "Top Content Service Provider Award".

In Ms. Panagopoulos' historical research, she has canoed over 3,800 miles on the Great Lakes and along the Canadian waterways, studied and lived with traditional Native Americans, followed the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, researched lumber and mining camps throughout the United States, participated in archaeological digs, dog-sled, snowshoe, and traveled by wagon train, in costume, across the state of Wisconsin as a historian, today she continues to travel the trails of history and exploration in North America and Europe in search of our American roots. Ms. Panagopoulos, generally, spends three-eight years or more on historical research per project and takes her job as a historian seriously.

Janie Lynn Panagopoulos is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and lives the life of an academic, historical explorer and researcher, learning about the history of our nation, its diverse cultural background, and the stories of our ancestors.

In the last twenty years, Ms. Panagopoulos has traveled on book tour and spoken extensively throughout the United Stated to students and educators sharing with them her passion for historical research and adventures that celebrate the history of America.

Currently, Ms. Panagopoulos visits schools throughout North America via Videoconferencing, conducting writing workshops and classroom visits through the Distant Learning and A.S.K. Programs. She also has a writing blog at

Ms. Panagopoulos lives in Virginia with her husband, Dennis

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