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Underground to Canada

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,190 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
Taken away from her mother by a ruthless slave trader, all Julilly has left is the dream of freedom. Every day that she spends huddled in the slave trader’s wagon travelling south or working on the brutal new plantation, she thinks about the land where it is possible to be free, a land she and her friend Liza may reach someday. So when workers from the Underground Railroad ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 11th 2003 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1978)
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Reminded of this book with all the promo around Black History month. Very glad I picked it up to read. Smucker does an incredible depiction of life as a twelve year old slave girl, June Lilly, separated from her Mama Sally when slave traders come to buy up slaves at the plantation where she'd been born. Historically accurate and great introduction to key members of the Abolitionist movement active in Julilly's journey to freedom. Canada. The destination word on the lips of those hungering for m ...more
Tommy
Dec 15, 2010 Tommy rated it it was amazing
the book was pretty good its about a slave whos seperated from her mammy and makes a friend name liza and theres three men who were seperated from there familys to there names were lester adam and ben and they go to this bad plantation were the c\slaves are treated really bad and only fed poorly.Then a man from Canada comes to the plantion saying that hes looking at birds and ask massa riley the owner of the plantion if he could take some slaves to help him look for theses birds and massa riley ...more
Vanessa
Dec 14, 2010 Vanessa rated it really liked it
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Gunther
Dec 14, 2010 Gunther rated it it was amazing
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Dawn
Oct 25, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian-history

Read Aloud 12 yrs +
Independent Reader - See Parental Warning

Worldview - Universally Acceptable

Setting:
Location - Southern United States, St. Catherines, Canada
Time Period - Around 1800

Note: This book was also issued under the title Run Away to Freedom.

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Sold to a slave trader from the deep south twelve-year-old Julilly and is taken away from her mother and the only home she has ever known. Fearful of the rumors she has heard of the deep south and the horrors that await for her there, she
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Jojo Krubally
Jul 10, 2015 Jojo Krubally rated it it was amazing
Read this book at school when I was about 13. I vaguely remember it but it seemed to go on forever back then. Its always remained with me though. Now my husband is a West African and so slavery is part of his and our sons heritage. I read it in one evening. An amazing book I couldn't put down. Brought the conditions of these slaves to life... kept having to remind myself that this kind of thing did actually happen and although it is a fictional novel it is based on an actual underground railroad ...more
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Nov 05, 2014 Yuyu_reads rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I liked the subject it was about and how it was told (without hiding, the harsh life the slaves were dealing with, the whipping, etc.) I gave three starts because overall, it's a good book, but for a high school student, the writing style was just too childish which caused me to have to reread certain parts and some passages were just too cliché. Other than that, I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the message this book had to offer.
Sarah Hollars
Nov 16, 2016 Sarah Hollars rated it really liked it
A book the is similar to Underground Railroad, which is popular at the moment and on Oprah's list. A bit less rape-ie than Underground, but just a terrifying. It is hard to understand why everyone talks of the concentration camps of WWII and not the camps that existed for hundreds of years in America. Not surprising that it glosses over the starvation that was Canada for African Americans who fled there, but I guess it is a children's book. . .
Hodan
Dec 28, 2012 Hodan marked it as to-read
i want to read it
Matthew
Feb 12, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who hate racism
Such an important, brilliant, powerful book.
Maya Salvatore
Mar 04, 2017 Maya Salvatore rated it it was amazing
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Kate
Dec 14, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
This book is tittled "Underground to Canada" the author of the book is Barbra Smucker. This book is about, a young black girl named Jullily and how she gets taken from the Hensan Plantation, and is taken to the Riley Plantation, where she meets a really nice girl named Liza. Liza had been whiped almost to death because she had already tryed to escape from the Plantation. Julilly cam e to the Riley Plantation with Adam, Lester, Ben, and many little children. One day a man named Alexander Ross com ...more
Joseph
Dec 15, 2010 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school
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Scott
Jan 29, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
i liked this book a lot and its about... It was about slavery in the 1800's julily and her mom were at the hensens plantation. They were planned to be seperated away and go to diffrent plantations. Master sims came and took a bunch of other kids to the rileys plantation. They started workig there as slaves. A bird watcher named mr ross came to watch a bunch of birds. But he was really their to take some slaves and bring them to canada. He talked to one of the slaves and his name was Lester he wa ...more
Anne Holly
Jul 21, 2013 Anne Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm obviously not the target audience for this book, but I bought it in the course of building a family library and wanted to read it well before my son was old enough for it. Nonetheless, I found it an affecting read, myself. I don't recall reading it in school, though it seems a common read for upper-elementary to junior-high ages, and does give a good, personalized view of the Underground Railway in such a way though should inspire empathy in children the same age group as Julilly and Liza (p ...more
Randell Kim
Aug 08, 2016 Randell Kim rated it really liked it
Over this summer this among the books I read this was one of my best book I have read. 'Underground to Canada' written by Barbara Smucker. The main character of the book is June Lilly she is a black girl and she is slave. Even thought she is only 13years old she is stronger and bigger than other kids. For this reason she had to work in the field although her age wasn't old enough to work. These Lilly's size and strength would be an advantage, but back in this time for slaves strong wasn't all go ...more
Nathanial
Jan 29, 2013 Nathanial rated it it was ok
this book was about two girls and two boys trying to exsape to canada. there names where Julilly, Liza, Adom and Lester. first they where at the henson plantation but a big fat guy came and bought Julilly and some other people. after he brought them to the riley plantation. they where treated rilly bad there and Jullily got wiped for the first time there. after a little bit there she wanted to run away on the way there they meet some nice people like massa ross and the people that worked at the ...more
Spencer
Dec 14, 2010 Spencer rated it liked it
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Dec 14, 2010 Kohavit rated it liked it
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Cam Foster
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Amber
May 01, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
The novel is considered a classic for a reason. Barbara Smucker did an amazing job bringing the pain and suffering of the slaves to light. From the beginning to the end, it is one book that is extremely hard to put down.

Storyline:
June Lily was separated from her mother fairly early on, when she was sold to a slave owner from the deep South. There, she learned just how bad things could be for slaves. When she was offered a way out, she stood brave and tall and took her opportunity with open arms.
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Ben
Dec 14, 2010 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ethan
Jan 29, 2013 Ethan rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It is super interesting and the action keeps on coming. The book took place in the 1800's at the henson plantation and other locations to. A girl named Julilly was in slavery with her mother at the henson plantation.a man named mr.sims showed up and wanted to buy some slaves. he took juliily,lester,adam and other children. they were taken to the riley plantation in mississippi. there was a man named Alexander ross there who said he was looking for birds but he was reall ...more
Deveren
Jan 29, 2013 Deveren rated it really liked it
Underground to Canada is about a girl named June Lilly. She is a slave. Her Mammy Sally is to, they are related and on the same plantation. They pick cotton. Mammy Sally takes care of June Lilly. One day some slave traders came and took most of the slaves. June Lilly and Mammy Sally were separated and they weer taken on a carriage with a lot of other slaves. June Lilly was taken to another plantation and they treat them very poorly. They whipped slaves for no reason. In her cabin she met the onl ...more
Ciarra
Dec 09, 2010 Ciarra rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who love Historical Fiction
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SUPER BRETT
Jan 30, 2011 SUPER BRETT rated it it was amazing
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Daphne
Jan 29, 2013 Daphne rated it really liked it
Julilly a girl living with her grandmother named Mammy Sally at a cotton plantation called the Hesen Plantation as slaves.One day Julilly and Mammy Sally along with all the other slaves get called down to town square for and auction,and when Julilly gets called into the wagon to take her to another plantation in Mississipi she realises that its not going to be a nice one.As soon as she gets there she meets someone named Liza and they become friends.One day a man named Alexander Ross comes and he ...more
Haylin
Apr 13, 2017 Haylin rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry soooooooooo much. I literally went through two boxes of tissues reading this at school with my class.😭😭 I was soooooo glad I read it thought because even though it made me ball my eyes out it was soooooooooooooo gooooooooooooood!😭😭😭😊😊😊👍👍👍👌👌👌
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