Book cover - Overground Railroad - Author Lesa Cline-Ransome & James E. Ransome

Overground Railroad

Author Lesa Cline-Ransome & James E. Ransome

  • Release Date: 2020-01-07
  • Genre: Culture, Places & People

Overground Railroad Summary


Overground Railroad - Ruth Ellen's odyssey on the New York Bound Silver Meteor is the start of a new life up North that she can't begin to imagine in this gorgeously illustrated picture book.

In poems, illustrated with collage art, a perceptive girl tells the story of her train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration. Each leg of the trip brings new revelations as scenes out the window of folks working in fields give way to the Delaware River, the curtain that separates the colored car is removed, and glimpses of the freedom and opportunity the family hopes to find come into view.

Overground Railroad offers a window into a child's experience of the Great Migration from the award-winning creators behind Finding Langston, Before She was Harriet, Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson, and Just a Lucky So and So.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Praise for Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome's Before She Was Harriet, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Christopher Award

★ "Simultaneously simple enough for young children to understand and sophisticated enough to inspire adults."--Booklist, Starred Review

★ "Ransome's lavishly detailed and expansive double-page spreads situate young readers in each time and place as the text takes them further into the past."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "a powerful reminder of how all children carry within them the potential for greatness."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ "This lovely tribute effectively communicates Tubman's ┬Čeverlasting bravery and resolve, and will ┬Činspire curious readers to learn more."--School Library Journal, Starred Review

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