I really like Louise. She's a sassy twelve year old that seems like she'd be cool to hang out with. This book is written in such a way that younger kids will enjoy the story even though there's an important theme that runs throughout the book that could spark a conversation and show that even though history may seem boring that it is all in how you reveal it. Does that make sense?
I didn't really know much about this book before I started reading it. The title appealed to me and I adore the main character. Lou just wants to have an exciting summer which is exactly what happens when she goes on a quest to save her home and finds out about her ancestors. The house she's living in has been in the family for 175 years.
Even though things have come a long way this book shows that we still have quite a ways to go. The start of each chapter pulls the reader back to the past with an entry from the diary of Louise who Lou was named after. Lou isn't afraid to speak her mind so she speaks up when a kid doesn't get the scholarship that he should because of his skin color. Lisa weaves a great story that makes you in a way forget that you're reading a book about history if that makes any sense. I know that when I was in school I wasn't a fan of the required reading even though I was the kid that was excited to get a library card and even got permission to have carte blanche at the library so I didn't have to be stuck just getting kids books. A fun read with an important message. How cool would it be to find out that your home was part of the Underground Railroad?