If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad

by Ebony Joy Wilkins

If You Traveled On the Underground Railroad by Ebony Joy Wilkins

Publication Date: November 1, 2022

What if you lived in a different time and place? What would you wear? What would you eat? How would your daily life be different? Scholastic’s If You Lived … series answers all of the kids’ most important questions about events in American history. With a question-and-answer format, kid-friendly artwork, and engaging information, this series is the perfect partner for the classroom and history-loving readers. Ebony Joy Wilkins answers all these questions and more in this comprehensive guide to the Underground Railroad. A great choice for Civil War units and for teaching children about this important part of American history.

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Sample Questions

  1. What is the Underground Railroad?
  2. How did the Underground Railroad get its name?
  3. Why is the Underground Railroad called a railroad?
  4. How did people find the Underground Railroad?
  5. Who operated the Underground Railroad?


Ebony Joy Wilkins is an English professor and writer. She is the author of Claudette Colvin Refuses to Move, Sellout, Trailblazers: Beyoncé Queen of the Spotlight, DK Life Stories Katherine Johnson, Malcolm X: Meet the Civil Rights Activist, and more. Her stories aim to highlight marginalized voices. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she spends her free time playing tennis, practicing yoga, traveling, and visiting with friends and family. She currently resides in Chicago.


Steffi Walthall is a Virginia-based illustrator, comic artist, and storyteller that celebrates diversity in all forms. She loves working on character-centric stories, fictional and historical. She is the illustrator of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round by Kathlyn Kirkwood and You Should Meet John Lewis by Denise Lewis Patrick.

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