ALLEN JAY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Marlene Targ Brill

ALLEN JAY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Age Range: 5 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the ``On My Own'' series, a straightforward story based on a childhood incident recorded in Jay's autobiography. When his father gets word of an escaping slave, he tells Allen to hide him, adding (in the Quaker idiom), ``if thee does this, thee must not tell me or anyone''--thus making it possible to mislead pursuers without a direct lie. This deception, plus insistence on ``the correct papers'' before the posse searches, gains time for Allen to take ``Henry James'' by night to relatives, who get him safely to Ohio. With telling, authentic details, Brill does a good job of incorporating basics about the Underground Railroad into her narrative and bringing out its suspense. As for character, James is an assertive man who, interestingly, carries a gun; Allen is credibly courageous and quick-witted. The art, in a sturdy style rendered in muted pastels, quietly accentuates the drama. A solid contribution. Note; afterword. (Nonfiction/Easy reader. 5-10)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-87614-776-7
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993




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