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Children's LiteratureCombining oral history, facts know about the Underground Railroad, and period photographs and drawings, this book presents what it was like for two young slaves to try to escape to freedom using the Underground Railroad. While overall the reader will gain an understanding of such an experience, there are several problems with the book. Much is actually fictionalized; the two slaves whose journey is followed and the grandmother who is left behind are not actually real, making their oral history fiction. The young reader for whom this book is intended may well overlook the sentence in the introduction stating that Callie, William, and Martha are fictional people. The "oral" histories, insets throughout the text, are written in a white person's English, not as an escaped slave would write. With today's emphasis on primary documents, these fictionalized oral histories are a disservice to young readers. The paintings do not always match what the text is describing, which again might confuse the reader who thinks they are illustrations of Callie and William's journey. Other photographs and drawings, again primary source material, are excellent and do much to enhance understanding of the people and events of the time. The full-page photo of an obviously naked male in chains in the introduction seems an unusual choice. Like the oral histories, other options were available which might better suit the purpose and audience. 2004, National Geographic Society, Ages 8 to 12.