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Award-Winning African-American Books

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'Henry's Freedom Box' by Ellen Levine

Heart-wrenching but hopeful story of escape.

Age: 5+

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this book is based on a true story from the underground railroad and is as riveting as the strong, straightforward stare of the young boy on its cover. It may disturb younger readers, as it should, that children are sold away from their families, and parents should be prepared to talk about this and the other harsh realities of Henry's life. An author's note at the end tells of the real Henry Brown and his Freedom Box on which this story was based. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Scholastic Press)

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