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Nettie's Trip South: 05/15/08
Nettie's Trip South by Ann Turner and illustrated by Ronald Himler is one of the most depressing children's books I've read. It's up there with Ganzy Remembers except that this book is based on the actual diary of the author's grandmother.
Nettie's Trip South covers her family trip from Albany New York to Richmond Virginia before the Civil War. The book covers her accounts of slavery and how she is sickened by watching a slave auction.
To go with Turner's chilling descriptions, Ronald Himler provides somber drawings of all the people and places Nettie sees.
Although the book is a difficult subject to read, it's a necessary one. The book is written for grades 3-5.