- Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; 42nd Printing edition (Feb. 11 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1858059097
- ISBN-13: 978-1858059099
- ASIN: 0141306866
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.8 x 17.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 81.6 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Underground To Canada 25th Anniversary Edition Mass Market Paperback – Feb 11 2003
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"There's a place the slaves been whisperin' around called Canada. The law don't allow no slavery there. They say you follow the North Star, and when you step onto this land you are free." Mammy Sally's "secret talk" to her daughter Julilly in Barbara Smucker's Underground to Canada becomes the only beacon of hope when the 12-year-old girl is cruelly separated from her mother by a slave trader. As the hellish conditions at her new plantation become intolerable, Julilly and her friend Liza are offered a means to escape to Canada by a mysterious visitor from the Underground Railroad. The threat of being recaptured by slave hunters and their howling bloodhounds is ever-present, but Julilly finds strength, courage, and a growing sense of self-worth within herself and from some unlikely people along the way.
Exposing young readers to the abhorrent practice of slavery without overly upsetting them is a difficult challenge that author Barbara Smucker handles with considerable skill. Her moving and dramatic account of Julilly's flight to freedom honestly depicts the horrors of slavery while wisely avoiding its most gruesome aspects. And when Mammy Sally tells her daughter that while "none of us is slaves," "the white people in St. Catharines don't want us in their schools," Smucker is also acknowledging that life for ex-slaves in Canada wasn't easy. First published in 1977, Underground to Canada has become a classic, a first-rate historical novel that deftly portrays a young girl's personal quest for freedom and dignity against the broader struggle between good and evil. --Martha Johnson
Barbara Smucker's book is remarkable for its fine characterization and its insightful narrative; there isn't a false note...All children should read it. -- - The New York TimesSee all Product description
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Imagine my surprise when I read this marvelous novel who introduced me to the adventure of leaving the plantation where a slave was to escape north toward freedom. As I read this book, I was hooked and my oldest son also read it in an incredible short period of time. Both of us enjoyed learning more about the process of the Underground Railroad and discovering how much time it took to reach a destination.
Reading this book was an eye opener on something that was part of Canada’s history as well as the USA. We learned quite a bit about the Underground Railroad. The book also contains information on the author, a list of the main people involved in the Underground Railroad, things to do and things to think about. It also contains a glossary as well as a bibliography for those of you who would like to read more on the subject.
of America during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The story follows two slaves on
their journey to find liberation from slavery via the "Underground Railway" to Canada. Unaware
of what Canada might really hold for them, they persisted based only on the hope that what they
had been told about Canada would be true, to fulfill their dream or freedom.
This would be a good book for students around the Grade 6 level. For older students,
however, this book did not seem to fully describe the geniuine difficulty that such an epic journey
would have entailed. Many of the obstacles the escaping slaves encountered seemed to be
resolved quickly, before any true climax was able to be established. The book did allow for some
very in-depth, and enriching class conversations, but only when the ideas were taken outside of
the novel and applied to current events. Although there is much critisim in our perspective, this
novel could be read to understand the vicious aspect of slavery and the history behind it all,
through the rich class discussions it evoked.
The main character Julilly goes through some much hardship and pain trying to get to Canada to be free, but in the end it was all worth it. The book also tells about how some people died trying to get to the land of the free, Canada.
No matter what age you should read this book, you wont regret it!
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