- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Canada; UK ed. edition (Nov. 5 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143187899
- ISBN-13: 978-0143187899
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Underground To Canada: Puffin Classics Edition Paperback – Nov 5 2013
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"A passionate tale of human dignity." - Books in Canada
"Barbara Smucker has created a sensitive and dramatic story about a young girl's flight from slavery, and—some three decades after it first appeared in print—Underground to Canadastill serves as a wonderful introduction to a vital and fascinating element of Canadian history." - Lawrence Hill
About the Author
Barbara Smucker was born in a small prairie town in Kansas in 1915 and attended school there through university. Her careers have been numerous. They include newspaper reporting, high school teacher and librarian. She is the author of numerous award-winning novels, including Runaway to Freedom, Days of Terror and Incredible Jumbo. She lived for many years in Ontario, Canada, but now lives in the USA.
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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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