Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 Book Review: Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid

Valerie Budayr of Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press and Mia Wenjen of Pragmatic Mom founded Multicultural Children’s Book Day to celebrate multicultural and diverse children’s literature. Every year this wonderful event takes place online and offline on the last Friday of January. This year it falls on January 28th. 

For this occasion, Storyopolis Press sent me Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid by Jeffrey Bensam. 

Friends Danny and Kenna are watching TV at Danny’s grandma’s house when the power goes out in the middle of a storm. Grandma Ashton begins telling them a story about General Tubman. But after a lightning strike, Danny and Kenna find themselves back in 1863 in South Carolina. The American Civil War is raging on. Danny and Kenna must find Harriet Tubman and help her complete her mission of leading three Union Navy gunboats up to the Combahee River to rescue fleeing slaves and recruit as many men to fight against the Confederate Army.

Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid by Jeffrey Bensam is an interactive middle-grade novel full of historical facts about Harriet Tubman, also known as Moses and General Tubman. It is not common for children to learn in school that Harriet Tubman was one of the Combahee River Raid leaders because she is usually only associated with the Underground Railroad.

The book includes more than twenty challenges and three possible endings. As the children read, they will help Danny and Kenna manage the mission’s budget with their “Beat the Budget Decisions.” What is more, the book includes instructions on how to do all of these activities on touch-screen devices and e-readers.

I recommend Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid by Jeffrey Bensam to middle-grade children who enjoy interactive historical books with problems to solve. It is excellent for history teachers and educators to spice up their curricula and a perfect addition for libraries.

To learn more about Harriet Tubman, visit the following historical resources:

  1. The National Archives: Claim of Harriet Tubman 
  2. The Library of Congress: Harriet Tubman: A Resource Guide
  3. The New York Public Library, Archives & Manuscripts: Harriet Tubman Research Material

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

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3 thoughts on “Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 Book Review: Finish the Story! Harriet Tubman’s Secret Raid

  1. What a fun way to learn about history. I love that readers can “finish the story!” Thank you for sharing with Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I hope you can join us tonight at 9pm EST for our Twitter Party. We are giving away book bundles every five minutes!

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  2. Great review! This sounds like an engaging and informative book for learning more about such an influential person in our country’s history. Thanks for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

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