Gare Thompson - All books by this author
Great Escapes - All books in this series
This thrilling new series of books has everything middle school readers long for: action, adventure, danger, and young heroes! Great Escapes explores real historical events and shows children how kids just like them learn how to work together in order to change the world for the better. Historical figures are interwoven into the stories, offering readers the chance for further exploration on these people and their places in history. In Underground Railroad 1854: Perilous Journey, a pair of teenage slaves must rely on a white teenager to help them escape slavery. Will they work together—or pay a terrible price? (Ages 8–12)
From the Reviews:
"Educators will appreciate resources featured in the book including black-and white photographs with story tie-ins, a glossary, and a section of biographical information on prominent anti-slavery figures. Thompson offers details about slavery in the narrative that are valuable for elementary-aged readers. Thompson carefully sets the stage and introduces us to Nathan and George before our characters flee to the North. Character-driven readers will appreciate this treatment. The pages practically turn themselves once George and his family escape from White Walnut. Thompson endears Nathan and George to the reader, generating great hope for their success. The ever-present threat of bounty hunters and Oliver, the overseer, create a constant tension that will keep readers invested to the end. Recommended for elementary school and public libraries with a strong demand for historical fiction."
Catholic Library World
About The Author:
Gare Thompson, a former educator, has written numerous children's books and is hard at work on his next bestseller. His specialty is historical fiction, but he has also written biographies about Helen Keller and Eleanor Roosevelt. Like the kids Gare works with and writes for, he believes we are lifelong learners and should never stop being curious. Gare lives in Massachusetts.
Paperback / 240 Pages / 5 1/4 x 7 9/16 / 2017