President of the Underground Railroad

A Story about Levi Coffin

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Growing up in a Quaker family in the South in 1830, Levi Coffin did not support slavery, but he was exposed to its atrocities. Convinced that every person deserved to be free, Levi began helping slaves escape to the North along the Underground Railroad, and during the following 40 years he was able to help over 3,000 people find freedom.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-82258-912-9
$34.65 $25.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2001
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.8
BISACS JNF007020, JNF007110
Dewey 973.7'115'092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 930
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 5.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47473
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2001

Reviews

School Library Journal

“This biography of a little-known hero will supplement studies of the period.” —School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“. . .the biography smoothly conveys how Coffin’s work grew out of his youthful moral vision and Quaker background.” —The Horn Book Guide

Illustrator: Ralph L. Ramstad

Author: Gwenyth Swain

Gwenyth Swain is the author of more than two dozen books for young readers. A two-time winner of a Minnesota Book Award for children's nonfiction, she loves history and historical fiction. Ms. Swain runs the middle school and high school libraries at Twin Cities Academy in St. Paul. Formerly, she was a costumed history player at historic Fort Snelling, a soda jerk, and a bookstore clerk.

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →