Lost in the Tunnel of Time (Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs Series #2)

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Ziggy, Rashawn, Jerome, and Rico -- the Black Dinosaurs -- are thrilled to discover that their hometown was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Even more exciting, their new friend Mr. Greene has given them an old map that shows a secret passage, dating back to the days of the Railroad, right under their own school! How can the Black Dinosaurs resist making plans to check it out? When a trapdoor slams behind them, locking them in the tunnel, there's only one thing they can do -- plunge deeper and deeper into the...
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Ziggy, Rashawn, Jerome, and Rico -- the Black Dinosaurs -- are thrilled to discover that their hometown was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Even more exciting, their new friend Mr. Greene has given them an old map that shows a secret passage, dating back to the days of the Railroad, right under their own school! How can the Black Dinosaurs resist making plans to check it out? When a trapdoor slams behind them, locking them in the tunnel, there's only one thing they can do -- plunge deeper and deeper into the darkness. Where will the tunnel lead them? And will the old, crumbling walls hold until they find their way to the end?

Ziggy and the rest of the Black Dinosaurs are thrilled to find out that there is a tunnel under their school that was once used by the Underground Railroad, and decide to check it out.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An inaugural release in the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series, this tale focuses on four African American boys who make up the Black Dinosaurs Club. On a class field trip to the Ohio River, the friends are captivated by two stories. A raconteur describes his grandfather's arrival in Cincinnati via the Underground Railroad and also explains that tunnels used in that operation are located under the school the kids attend. And their teacher relates a local legend about a Shawnee woman who helped slaves escape to freedom and whose ghost allegedly haunts the area. When Ziggy and pals attempt to explore the underground tunnels, the walls collapse. The trapped boys are comforted by a breeze they attribute to the ghost's presence. Draper's (Tears of a Tiger) well-meaning attempts to combine fiction, folklore and history lead to some significant credibility gaps, among them the unlikely circumstances that middle class African American middle-schoolers have never heard of the Underground Railroad; and that Ziggy's dog manages to dig through the collapsed tunnel to rescue them. The result is a contrived, disappointingly meager novel. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature
Ziggy, Rashawn, Jerome, and Rico—the Black Dinosaurs—are thrilled to discover their hometown was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Even more exciting, their new friend Mr. Greene has given them an old map that shows a secret passage dating back to the days of the Railroad, right under their own school. How can the Black Dinosaurs resist making plans to check it out? When a trapdoor slams behind them, locking them in the tunnel, there is only one thing they can do: plunge deeper and deeper into the darkness. Where will the tunnel lead them? And will the old crumbling walls hold until they find their way to the end? The author taught high school English, and she makes the characters personal and alive for the reader. She also has added the element of adventure and mystery. Readers solve a real life adventure scare. There is also a "Study Guide" with "Discussion Topics" in the back of this book. Additional activities include "Information to Explore and Discover," "Jobs to Explore," and "Writing Activities." 2006, Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 8 to 10.
—Naomi Butler
Children's Literature - Karen Porter
Ziggy and his three friends, The Black Dinosaurs, go for an overnight camp out with four girls and a counselor. The children's unique personalities are entertaining and insightful. Ziggy's Jamaican accent and cheerful attitude keep the book upbeat and amusing. The boys' decision to seek adventure adds a suspenseful plot near the end of the story. Sharon Drapers weaves African and Native American history into a delightful story. Through this book, children will gain an understanding of the experiences of the two most oppressed minorities in our history, as well as their place in our present-day culture. Unfortunately, the book is plagued with errors in the placement of quotation marks, which may be confusing to students. A short section at the end of the book provides the historical basis for the story. This initial book of the "Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs" series promises to be the first of many entertaining and educational books for young readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Ziggy, Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome's weekend camping trip at Caesar's Creek State Park is far more exciting than they ever expected. Their counselor turns out to be an expert on the history of the park, which once belonged to the Shawnee Indian tribe. Mysterious tales about coming-of-age rituals and shadows that walk at midnight start the boys off on their own nighttime adventure, and soon they are lost in the surrounding woods. Rescued by an equally mysterious man named Hawk, who turns out to be a Shawnee chief, the boys' adventure ends safely, and they all learn valuable lessons as well. The connection between the Native American adults and African American kids is real and believable. The children occasionally come across a little too good and too nice, but Draper makes up for it by showing that it's plausible for 10-year-olds to respect other cultures and the land. The plot is predictable and slim at times, but this addition to the series should generate thoughtful questions about the past in general, as well as what information makes it into history books and what doesn't.Linda Bindner, Athens Clarke County Library, GA
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Sharon M. Draper has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Awsome

    This book is great. I could read thid for days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Reading it now...

    I am reading this book now an i'm pretty bored. I haven't gotten far enough into it to decide if it's a good book or not, and I am definitely NOT the kind of person to judge a book by it's cover but i'm not sucked into the swirl of the story like I usually am with books. I reccomend this book for any boy 8 and older. I definitely do not reccomend this book to girls unless they like stories about boys. I have nothing against this book, and I think it's a great inspiration for any boy who likes a good mystery and an exciting adventure. I just don't think girls will be as interested in the story as boys will. From a girl's point of view.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Great series, especially for boys

    I read this series with my grands and have to say I loved them. Each story handles an adventure/lesson with a group of boys who start a club and call themselves the Black Dinosaurs (after a toy). The boys are adorable characters. Ziggy was my favorite and my grandson's because he ate what the others thought was weird stuff. I like them for girls or boys because you learn something in each book. But I think the boys like them even more because of the cast of characters, a bunch of regular kids who stick together to solve a mystery or resolve a problem. I highly recommend them for grade school kids.

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