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Across the Wide River

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A book by Stephanie Reed

Freedom—Some take it for granted. Others consider it worth dying for.      Lowry Rankin knows all too well the cost of freedom; after all, his family’s red brick home is the first stop on the Underground Railroad north … see full wiki

Author: Stephanie Reed
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Date Published: November 25, 2004
ISBN: 9780825435768
1 review about Across the Wide River

Interesting story about a young man who helped on the Underground Railroad

  • Aug 15, 2011
Rating:
+4
"Across the Wide River" is a novel for young adults and adults based on an actual family's biography. It's a historical novel (with a romance) that's rich in historical detail and set starting in 1825. Lowry, the main character, was presented as a complex, realistic young adult who wanted to help the runaway slaves but who also resented the hard work involved in helping them.

The story ended a bit abruptly. While several things about Lowry's future were resolved, several other major issues were left open-ended in a way that made me suspect a sequel. (There is a sequel: "The Light Across the River.")

There was a very minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. There were no sex scenes. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting and enjoyable novel to those interested in the Underground Railroad.
 
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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August 16, 2011
I used to love reading these types of historical books when I was young. Sounds like a fun read!
August 17, 2011
I read this type of book as a kid, too. :)
September 14, 2011
They were a lot of fun. I would love to revisit them. I'm sure I still have plenty of them in my storage unit in Roseville.
 
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