When the people in this graphic novel get into a fight, they go "ACK!" and "POW" and "G-R-R-R-R," yet the book makes for surprisingly credible history. ... like the best movie characters, [the heroes] have narrow escapes and sensational battles that readers will want to follow to the last scene. ... these are stars, and many readers will stay with them through the next volume. A graphic-novel series that aims to draw in reluctant historians; it looks like it may well achieve its goal.
Mack’s simple, cartoony art provides a little humor to lighten the mostly serious story. This graphic novel personalizes the plight of slavery and the quiet determination with which many slaves and their allies worked for freedom.
JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD
A Spring 2012 selection for middle grades.