UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS
Learn the History of Slavery in America
Meet Moses, a slave boy who’s determined to escape on the Underground Railroad and find freedom.
Moses’ mother teaches him that slavery is not his destiny. Not only does she help him run away, she also tells him he can be a Moses to his people and help others like himself.
My middle grade novel, Dark Enough to See the Stars, reveals the plight of African American slaves that helps students empathize with today’s African American story on an emotional level.
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Put kids on the edge of their seats with my novel about escape on the Underground Railroad.
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Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Teach Us This?
If you’re like me, the horrors of slavery were glossed over in high school history class. I was appalled as I studied slave autobiographies to research my novel. Former slave Frederick Douglass helped me empathize with his pain as he described his emotional turmoil in his autobiography, My Bondage, My Freedom.
In my novel, you can feel Moses’ fear as slave catchers almost snatch him from the woods, sense his apprehension as he learns to eat with a fork, and delight in his achievement when he first writes his name. Moses’ faith, heartache, and triumph become etched in your soul.
When I first published my story in 2014, I never realized how timely it would become. Dark Enough to See the Stars educates us about our past.
Even today, racial reconciliation is a critical national issue.
However, my book doesn’t just show children and adults our history of racism. It also shares the exciting journey of a black child’s path to freedom. This not only gives the reader empathy for what African Americans have experienced, but helps people realize: