Cassie, who flew above New York in the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach, soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a "ramshackled train in the sky'' full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman helping her along the way, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story's end.
"With gripping immediacy, Ringgold puts readers in the story on the side of the victims, insuring, through powerful words and images, 'that we will never forget the cost of freedom.' -- School Library Journal
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