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Children's LiteratureThe characters in the story may be fictional, but the events are real. I can say this based on tales related by relatives and family friends. Some events even I remember from my childhood. I recall visiting my grandmother's brother in Maryland and being awaken one night by a commotion outside. I looked out the window and saw people in white hooded robes carrying crosses and torches. I thought it strange for a parade to take place at night. For me the events were painful, but for adolescents it will be an eye opener about the history of our country during the final stages of the Civil Was and at the beginning of a new era. The cruelty of some of the Union soldiers is a shocker, but the kindness of others gives hope. This is a book that every teenager, both black and white, should read and discuss. I strongly recommend this book to facilitators and teachers to use for discussion groups on the effect of slavery on this country. 2004, Waterbird Books/School Specialty Children's Publishing, Ages 9 to 17.