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Flower, her parents and her baby brother have escaped from the plantation where they were kept as slaves and are making their way north to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Their journey is dangerous and often desperate, as they are helped and sheltered by some, and hunted by others. Flower's courage helps her family through illness, recapture and to escape again to sa ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Second Story Press
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Patricia Tilton
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Twelve-year-old Flower, her baby brother and her parents live on a southern slave plantation. In the middle of the night they flee for their lives following the Underground Railroad north to Canada. Their only guide is the North Star and very kind people who help them along their journey. Bounty hunters are in hot pursuit of her family. Their journey is threatened by danger, illness, injuries, and hunger.

In a parallel story over 150 years later, we meet eighth-grader Felicia, who has moved from
Story of Flower a young slave who flees slavery and comes to Canada to live . They travel with the help of the Quakers on the Underground Railway to St. Catherine's in Ontario. They had to follow the North Star and markings on trees and sound as signals because nothing could be written down.
Felicia moves to a new city and is the only Black girl in her class and still must deal with racism after the students do a class presentation on their relatives.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I realize that this is a book for kids, but I read it and really enjoyed it! Real eye opener about the struggles of the slaves escaping from slavery and using the Underground Railroad. Also liked the way it went back and forth between the two girls: Flower in the 19th century and Felicia in present day. I recommend this book to everyone, whether you're a young adult or an older one! I think anyone can enjoy reading this and learn from it. ...more
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Judith Plaxton is a retired nurse with an avid interest in the environment, local history, and volunteering: she fund raises for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, is involved with the Georgian Lifelong Learning Institute, and visits her local elementary school to help children in the language department. She lives in Clarksburg, Ontario, a small community on the Niagara Escarpment.

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