Crossing to Freedom by Virginia Frances SchwartzCrossing to Freedom by Virginia Frances Schwartz

Crossing to Freedom

byVirginia Frances Schwartz

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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An inspiring tale of fugitive slave who finds freedom in Canada, but still struggles to find a real home.

Eleven-year-old Solomon is a fugitive slave on a dangerous journey north to Canada, and to freedom. His young life has seen many losses: his mother was sold in a slave auction when he was a baby; his father escaped from the plantation and hasn't been seen in five years; and now his grandfather, who has been injured during the last leg of their journey to freedom, and is forced to stay behind.Solomon continues with their group leader, but his feelings of loss and isolation haunt him, as he attempts to forge a new home in Canada.

It soon becomes apparent that racial prejudices know no borders, and while Solomon works hard and begins to experience some newfound freedoms, he faces discrimination and segregation and lives with the ongoing fear of being caught by slavecatchers and dragged back to the South.

With all of these barriers facing him, Solomon must find the strength - the same strength that brought him north, the same strength that gives him hope of finding his father - to persevere and understand the true meaning of freedom.

Virginia Frances Schwatrz was born in Stoney Creek, Ontario, and later moved to the U.S.,where she taught public school for 25 years. She is the author of the award-winning If I Just Had Two Wings and Send One Angel Down. Of Crossing to Freedom, Virginia says: "My intent in writing is to discover the human voice of the first generation...
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Title:Crossing to FreedomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.63 × 5.27 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545989787

ISBN - 13:9780545989787

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I read this book when I was younger for the silver birch program at school. It really opened my eyes about slavery and made me much more interested in the racism African-Americans face and how poorly they are treated. The way that Soloman is willing to swim across Niagara Falls into Canada just for freedom.
Date published: 2017-09-01