The Underground Railroad

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Riveting, brutal story of woman escaping slavery.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 15+

Unflinching historical fantasy

This book has young adult characters but is meant for a mature reader. It is very real about the physical, emotional and psychological trauma involved in being enslaved or an escaped slave in 19th century America. It is contemporary in its themes - certainly raises questions about race, fairness, and resources in current society. Also it's so realistic in many things, make sure your kids know the Underground Railroad was not actually a train in a tunnel IRL. Undoubtedly a classic that will be on high school curricula for many years to come.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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