Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad
From the Series On My Own History
Allen Jay’s family farm is a stop on the Underground Railroad. Allen’s parents give food and shelter to slaves escaping from the South. One day in 1842, Allen’s father asks him to help a runaway slave. Is Allen brave enough? This exciting true story takes you along as Allen meets Henry James, an African American man struggling to find freedom.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Category||Diversity, Social Studies|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Brand||On My Own Books|
|Imprint||First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.5|
|Reading Counts! Points||2.0|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|Dimensions||5.875 x 8.5|
|Guided Reading Level||O|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.3|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||14876|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource|
- SSLI Book Award Best Book
“The author ably conveys the danger not only for those traveling on the Underground Railroad but also for those aiding the fugitives.” —Book Links
“Brill does a good job of incorporating basics about the Underground Railroad into her narrative and bringing it out in suspense. . . The art, in a sturdy style rendered in muted pastels, quietly accentuates the drama. A solid contribution.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Janice Lee Porter’s pencil crayon drawings help create suspense and excitement. . .” —The Reading Teacher
Author: Marlene Targ Brill
Marlene is an award-winning author of almost 70 titles for readers preschool through adult. She began writing while teaching children with disabilities, producing materials to help her students learn. With time, the desire to write grew stronger. Soon she was writing for a variety of formats—magazines, internet, newspapers, scripts, books, and textbooks for readers of all ages. Yet, she never forgets where the dream of writing originated—through work with children. She is drawn back into classrooms to share the wonders of research and writing, and, of course, reading books.
Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter
Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.
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On My Own History
With striking, full-page illustrations, real and fictionalized characters, and stories featuring events that really happened, these books capture readers’ interest and imagination. View available downloads →