Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

Book Summary

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.

This book is one in a series full of books about detailed historical moments written in humorous comic book form.
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The Underground Abductor

Book Review

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.

Fun Fact: This author visited our school and told us a short historical story he had not published, but had researched extensively. As he talked, he sketched notes to illustrate the events. He had several hundred people - adults and students alike - laughing and captivated.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Biography; Harriet Tubman
  • U.S. Civil War; Slavery
  • Fighting Injustice
  • Underground Railroad
  • Courage, Perseverance

Discussion Questions for this book:

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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