This biography tells the story of Araminta, who is better known to the world as Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of people to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
If history were taught this way, students would all be clamoring for more. There are all kinds of interesting human details based on his extensive research, presented in a funny way, even though the topics are often serious and the events are sometimes disturbing. Sometimes the details are gross, but the truth and humor overpower that for some readers - and the gross details are a definite draw for others. The hook in the story is that Nathan Hale (the spy - not the author) is about to be killed, but if he tells an interesting enough story to the provost and the hangman, they will prolong his execution. Their asides and questions are interspersed within the narrative. This is definitely a book to recommend to students who love action, history, and humor. It would also work well as a small group discussion in conjunction with a social studies investigation about the Civil War.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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