By Henry Cole
Scholastic, $16.99, 32 pages
The girl lives on a farm with her family. She feeds the chickens, minds the cow and watches the Confederate soldiers ride by on their way to war. On a day much like every other, the girl makes a routine visit to the family’s storage shed. Inside, she makes a shocking discovery and a brave decision.
“What would you do if you had the chance to help a person find freedom?”
A quiet and powerful story from the Underground Railroad, Unspoken speaks volumes without ever using a word. Told entirely in black-and-white illustrations, and using the reader’s own imagination, Henry Cole’s wordless book is as compelling as it is understated. The subtle but effective visuals communicate the tension and danger faced daily by the main characters and highlight the lonely nature of their secret. An atmospheric story of courage and friendship, Unspoken may be wordless, but it definitely has a strong voice. A must-see book!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Goss
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