The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a unique blend of history and a bit of fantasy as it takes the historical underground railroad literally, with underground tunnels providing trains for runaway slaves. Young Cora is the story’s protagonist, as she is coming of age on a Georgia plantation after being abandoned by her mother, the plantation’s first and only successful runaway. When Cora is approached by recent arrival Caesar to join him in a runaway attempt, she is apprehensive yet tempted. This book follows Cora’s adventures as she grows into womanhood and tries to stay a step ahead from a notorious slave catcher.. It's a fascinating adventure story with well-developed characters that addresses a significant period in American history. This book is also available in audio.