Overground Railroad (Hardcover)
Ruth Ellen's odyssey on the New York Bound Silver Meteor is the start of a new life up North that she can't begin to imagine in this gorgeously illustrated picture book.
In poems, illustrated with collage art, a perceptive girl tells the story of her train journey from North Carolina to New York City as part of the Great Migration. Each leg of the trip brings new revelations as scenes out the window of folks working in fields give way to the Delaware River, the curtain that separates the colored car is removed, and glimpses of the freedom and opportunity the family hopes to find come into view.
Overground Railroad offers a window into a child's experience of the Great Migration from the award-winning creators behind Finding Langston, Before She was Harriet, Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson, and Just a Lucky So and So.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Praise for Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome's Before She Was Harriet, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and winner of the Christopher Award
* "Simultaneously simple enough for young children to understand and sophisticated enough to inspire adults."--Booklist, Starred Review
* "Ransome's lavishly detailed and expansive double-page spreads situate young readers in each time and place as the text takes them further into the past."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
* "a powerful reminder of how all children carry within them the potential for greatness."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
* "This lovely tribute effectively communicates Tubman's everlasting bravery and resolve, and will inspire curious readers to learn more."--School Library Journal, Starred Review
About the Author
Lesa Cline-Ransome has written many books for children, including Before She Was Harriet, which received five starred reviews, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and a Christopher Award, and her debut middle grade novel Finding Langston, which received a Coretta Scott King Honor and five starred reviews. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and collaborator, illustrator James E. Ransome.
James E. Ransome's numerous accolades include a Coretta Scott King Medal, two Coretta Scott King Honors, and an NAACP Image Award. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and collaborator, writer Lesa Cline-Ransome.
★ "Warm portraiture and vivid writing by married collaborators Cline-Ransome and Ransome (Before She Was Harriet) mark this story of a family’s journey north during the Great Migration. . . . Ransome renders the scenes realistically in bold colors, strong lines, and delicate collage-like patterns. . . . The journey is seen through the eyes of richly developed characters drawn with care and sympathy."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ "Ransome's watercolor-and-collage illustrations effectively capture both the historical setting and the trepidation of a family who though not enslaved, nevertheless must escape as if they were. Cotton bolls throughout the images accentuate cotton's economic dominance in the sharecropping system. A beautiful portrayal of a historic and arduous family journey northward."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Through handsome collage, pencil and watercolor illustrations and lyrical free verse, the family's hopeful journey to find better jobs, homes and rights shows readers a major moment in the large scope of African American history. . . . Young readers will likely be drawn in by the author's riff on a familiar phrase in the title, as well as the spare but poetic language in which Ruthie narrates her long day's journey"—Shelf Awareness