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Underground To Canada 25th Anniversary Edition Mass Market Paperback – Feb 11 2003

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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Times

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