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Across the Wide River

A book by Stephanie Reed

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

  • Aug 15, 2011
"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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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 of the Ohio River. He’s seen friends beaten for the color of their skin. He’s watched simple farmers make a difference. He’s even risked his own life transporting escaped slaves. But will Lowry be able to conquer his greatest fear when he’s called to speak out?
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ISBN-13: 9780825435768
Author: Stephanie Reed
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Date Published: November 25, 2004
ISBN: 9780825435768
Format: trade paperback
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