Review! Dark Enough to See the Stars by Cindy Noonan

darkstarsDark Enough to See the Stars

By Cindy Noonan

158 pages – Ages 9+

Published by Helping  Hands Press on June 3, 2014

Synopsis- Moses was a slave during the Pre-Civil War period in the United States. Moses is heart-broken. His mother was being sent further south to another plantation. Luckily, Moses and his mama had a plan. He would run while the train was pulling into the station. He would then head north towards Pennsylvania. He finds harbor with a reverend and his family in Harrisburg, and lives there for a bit, but when the Fugitive Slave Act becomes law, he and the other runaway-slave at the house must head for Canada. But even with various methods of transportation, the slave catchers are at their every turn. Will Moses make it?

What I Thought- This was an awesome Historical Fiction novel. It was incredibly realistic. Moses was an amazing character. He had a strong sense of purpose and will. I would be proud to know someone like Moses. This book taught you a lot about what it was like to be an escaping slave during this time period and the pain they experienced. I liked it when Moses stopped at Frederick Douglass’ print shop on the way to Canada. That was a cool part in the book. Ms. Noonan has written a heart-wrenching story. The only thing that I didn’t 100% like was the ending, because it was realistic, and sad (and I am a sucker for a happy ending – but the ending served the story well). I won’t tell you what happens. I love the historical fiction genre but I am also a history buff, so if the story doesn’t ring true, it won’t sit well with me. The writing was solid and I was totally engrossed in the story.  I would still completely recommend this book.

I give this amazing story five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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17 replies

  1. Hey, I recognize that book! So glad you liked it as much as I did. I agree with the end. Not the happy ending for everyone but it was realistic, you are right. You are awesome, Erik. I don’t know how you keep up with all these reviews. You always impress me.
    ~Cool Mom for The Gang
    & Neighbor Girl says, “Hi!” We’ll be emailing you soon!

  2. A wonderful review. Reality can be sad and those were often sad times. I´m pleased that books like this are still being written and kids like you are still reading (and reviewing) them. I am currently reading one similar called Grease Town by Ann Towell.

  3. I am watching the period drama, North and South at the moment. It is really interesting to see what it must have been like pre and during the American civil war. This sounds like a fascinating book. Such an important part of American history.

  4. Thank you for reading and reviewing my book! I am encouraged that kids like you are interested in history. Learning about our past can teach us how to navigate our future.

  5. Enjoyed your review! I’m sold on a book about the underground railroad!

  6. Yup, I’m gunna have to pick this one up!

  7. I might have to pick this one up as I’m a fan of historical fiction.


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