Written in Virginia dialect, the story was hard to get into for the first couple of pages. I was afraid that the dialect would cause me to stumble as I was reading, but it soon grew on me. What I found most intriguing were the superstitious folkore expressions that began each chapter and were somehow incorporated into the storyline contained therein. I also found it remarkable that each chapter ended in a bit of a cliff-hanger, making me want to continue reading to find out what happened to our plucky heroines. The story, while not entirely new and unique, was given a twist by adding a white girl into the Underground Railroad adventure, pointing out that slavery does, indeed, manifest itself in different ways.
Highly recommended for grades 5-10.