It is the mid-1800s and fifteen year old Laura Eastman has just returned to her home in upstate
after living with her aunt and uncle in the South for the last few years. During her time away she has changed and so has her family. It is clear that Laura believes that slavery is necessary and right. Her younger brother, Bert, couldn’t feel more different and is actually working with their father to help slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. When Laura awakens in the night to voices from downstairs she creeps closer and is appalled that a slave is in their home, hoping to escape. Martin is a young slave who has been treated poorly. His family has already made it to freedom, but he was sick and was not able to flee with them. Now Laura’s childhood friend and her brother are determined to help Martin get to The Promised Land, New York . Will Laura help Martin to freedom? Will the slave catchers that are all around town find out what they are up to? Will Laura turn in her brother and friend? You must read this book to find out how everything turns out! Canada
Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark is a fantastic historical fiction book about slavery and what it means to be free. I liked seeing the way the characters developed and changed as the story progressed. The author did a great job showing two different sides to the slavery debate that was going on during the 1800s. It is a wonderful book for people of all ages and I think kids in fourth through seventh grade will especially relate to Laura, Bert, and Martin. I know I would like to be friends with Bert because he stands up for what he believes in. This book is an excellent example of what people will do to have the freedom they want and deserve. The book takes place in
and there are statues and historic sites to visit that are mentioned in the book. I know one place I will be visiting this summer! If you have not read it yet, I recommend it! J Lewiston, NY
Has anyone else read Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark? Or read another book by Margaret Goff Clark?
! ~L Reading