Title: Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary
Bibliographic information: Wyeth, Sharon D. (2002). Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary. New York: Scholastic Inc.
Brief annotation: This book is a diary of a young boy who escaped slavery with his parents and little sister. It is about his family making a life for themselves after successfully reaching Canada through the Underground Railroad. It is the second book in Corey’s series.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 2nd – 5th
Readers who will like this: Children who really like history will like these books because they give a child’s point of view on historical events. These books would also be good for classes that are learning about historical topics.
Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book and I think that they would be great books to have in a classroom for children to read.
Question: What do you know about slavery? Was it hard to escape? What is the Underground Railroad?
Reading Strategies: A double-entry journal would be a good strategy for this book because it is structured as a diary. Students can choose an entry or a quote that stood out to them and write an entry of their own that reflects the one in the book.