With their parents traveling in Europe, fifth-graders Ginger Wanamaker and Irene Fong spend a month with Ginger's grandparents. In their search for interesting things to do, they discover that the house was part of the Underground Railroad.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a fast read, with a great story built around historical events, places, and things. Everyone in the house--not just the target audience--will enjoy the book and want to learn more.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. The characters are a catalyst for telling the story, they aren't the substance of the story. So if you're looking for characters to relate to, this isn't your book.

Young Reader Reaction

One thing I can tell you is that if you enjoy reading mystery kinds of books you will definitely enjoy this book! I without a doubt I would recommend this book to elementary school children!

Parent Reaction

This well-edited book is a wonderful read, full of adventure with an educational twist to which many young readers can relate. After just a few pages, the reader notices the educational value of Curiosity. While the questions at the base of each chapter may be somewhat intrusive for the average adult reader, the book is ideal for readers age 9-12.

Type of Book:
The story not only sets out historical events, but is designed to generate kids' interest in doing more research, too.
Educational Themes:

In addition to learning about slavery and the Underground Railroad, the book also lists resources for learning more about old coins, wire fox terriers, and genealogy.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a great book for getting kids interested in learning more about the Civil War in parts of the country other than the "colonies."

Title Curiosity
Author Gerald Allen Wunsch
Publisher 1st Book Library © 2003
Illustrators Irene Joslin
ISBN 1410736997
Material Paperback
Genres Adventure, Mystery, Historical Fiction
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