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Parents' Guide to

Overground Railroad

By Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Captivating story of a family's migration North to freedom.

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This remarkable and educational story shifts readers back in time to a defining period in American history. Approximately 50 years after the Great Migration ended, Overground Railroad brings attention to how and why the landscape of American changed. The story of Ruth Ellen and her family can help facilitate conversation about how powerful and courageous migrants of this time were, and how steadfast they were in their dream for a brighter future.

Beautiful line drawings and seemingly tangible patterns set the backdrop for this compelling story. The feelings and dreams of the characters are palpable with each turn of the page. The book includes the depiction of characters of various ages, socioeconomic status, and race throughout the visually stimulating journey.

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