DEAR CANADA: A DESPERATE ROAD TO FREEDOM: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson, Virginia to Canada West, 1863-1864 by Karleen BradfordDEAR CANADA: A DESPERATE ROAD TO FREEDOM: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson, Virginia to Canada West, 1863-1864 by Karleen Bradford

DEAR CANADA: A DESPERATE ROAD TO FREEDOM: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson…

byKarleen Bradford

Hardcover | September 1, 2009

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A riveting tale of a brave family's last bid for freedom, and the price they pay to find it.

Julia May and her family have done the unthinkable. They have fled from their life of slavery on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, and are making their way north, on foot, where they have heard that slaves can live free. Their story, told through Julia May's journal entries, is gruelling. Their journey takes them through swamps, travelling by night and hiding by day. It is a harrowing, terrifying experience, but determination to find a new life in Canada keeps them going.

The diary that Julia May keeps is another act of bravery. Learning to read and write alongside her mistress at the plantation was her own secret, and strictly forbidden for a slave girl. Now as she records her fears and the extraordinary things she sees during her journey, she is deeply afraid that she'll be found out and suffer the consequences. But her journal keeps her going through the hard times until they are finally free. Readers will be moved as they follow her family's trek north . . . but even here old prejudices die hard.

Karleen Bradford has written over twenty books to date, and has taught creative writing around the world. In preparation for the writing of this important book, she travelled the route of the Underground Railroad, and conducted extensive research at the Grey Roots Museum and Archives near Owen Sound, where many escaped slaves settled a...
Title:DEAR CANADA: A DESPERATE ROAD TO FREEDOM: The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson…Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.67 × 5.56 × 0.94 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545996198

ISBN - 13:9780545996198

Appropriate for ages: 8


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad Not bad. A light read and a good one to introduce younger generations to the Underground Railroad and Slavery.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I really enjoyed this book when I was a kid. I would recommend it for kids and young teenagers
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved it read it when I was 10 it is child appropriette for 9 and up I say hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New life in Canada Karleen Bradford is a well-known and talented Canadian historical fiction writer for youth and teens. Needless to say, this is an entertaining and interesting addition the Dear Canada series. This particular book could be best suited to the younger end of the 8-12 age range as it is a basic story of American slaves escaping using the Underground railroad, then the troubles and successes they experience settling down in a community in Canada. The majority of the book takes place in Owen Sound, Ontario. The only weakness is that this story only barely touches upon the horrors the slaves endured and the 'escape'/Underground Railroad part of the story is over by page 25. The rest of the book deals with their Canadian experience. Bradford does manage to cover many topics in this presupposing book: the eldest brother joins the Union army once he reaches freedom, the family had three older children sold off and that effect on the family is pursued, the blacks are welcomed seemingly so open-armed at first but later a white attitude of jobs being lost to them starts to prevail, friendships between white and black children, integration between the races in general but only to a point of "knowing their place and limitations" and also the kidnapping of free slaves by bounty hunters because of the US Fugitive Slave Law. The historical note is a simple history of the Civil War, the underground railroad and the black communities in Toronto and Owen Sound. A good, well-written, atmospheric, introduction to the topic.
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre This book is alright, it's a good addition to the Dear Canada Series but not one of my favourites.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Moderate The book probably shouldn't have the title "Desperate road to freedom" seeing as there was around twenty pages about the family being on the run. Also, there didn't seem to be much trouble in Canada... Actually there was NO trouble when she and her family got to Canada. The story just went up and kept on going up. Due to the lack of plot I have to say the book wasn't very good. If you want a better book like this one, try: "Picture of freedom" and "I thought my soul would rise and fly".
Date published: 2009-10-22