Curiosity by Gerald Allen Wunsch
Gerald Allen Wunsch’s delightful tale of Ginger and Irene’s summer adventure while visiting Ginger’s grandparents is a fun read for both young and old. A history lesson regarding slavery and The Underground Railroad is cleverly immersed in the contemporary tale of the curiosity of two modern young girls. The relationship between the girls, Ginger’s grandparents, and their dog, Laird, creates a fun backdrop to the girl’s exploration into a cellar that turns out to have played an important role in the history of The United States. Curiosity is an excellent book to use as a starting point for a conversation about the history of slavery in the United States.
(As of May 7, 2010, this book is unavailable on Amazon.com. I've included the link in case it becomes available again.)