The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad

Paperback | September 7, 1983

byF. N. Monjo

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The stars of the Big Dipper have led a runaway slave family to Deacon Fuller's house, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Will Tommy Fuller be able to hide the runaways from a search party—or will the secret passengers be discovered and their hope for freedom destroyed?

This Level 3 I Can Read book is a captivating first-person historical fiction account of the Underground Railroad, narrated by Tommy, a ten year-old Quaker boy,. With beautiful, simple prose that folds in historical facts about slavery and the Civil War, this book makes this important period of American history accessible to beginning readers. Includes an afterword from the author F.N. Monjo that explains the historical context of the Fugitive Slave Law.

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A quick-witted young boy helps an escaping slave family follow the "drinking gourd" (Big Dipper) along the Underground Railroad to freedom. "An exciting and moving adventure story for beginning readers".--Booklist. ALA Notable Children's Books 1940-1970

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The stars of the Big Dipper have led a runaway slave family to Deacon Fuller's house, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Will Tommy Fuller be able to hide the runaways from a search party—or will the secret passengers be discovered and their hope for freedom destroyed? This Level 3 I Can Read book is a captivating first-person histori...

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The stars of the Big Dipper have led a runaway slave family to Deacon Fuller's house, a stop on the underground railroad. Will Tommy Fuller be able to hide the runaways from a search party -- or will the secret passengers be discovered and their hope for freedom destroyed?

The late F. N. Monjo, author of The Drinking Gourd, wrote two other popular I Can Read Books: Indian Summer, illustrated by Anita Lobel, and The One Bad Thing About Father, illustrated by Rocco Negri.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.19 inPublished:September 7, 1983Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064440427

ISBN - 13:9780064440424

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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A quick-witted young boy helps an escaping slave family follow the "drinking gourd" (Big Dipper) along the Underground Railroad to freedom. "An exciting and moving adventure story for beginning readers".--Booklist. ALA Notable Children's Books 1940-1970