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Awards

  • Winner, IODE Canada Violet Downey Award, 2011
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Award, Fiction, 2012
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2011

Crossing to Freedom Canadian Title

By Virginia Frances Schwartz   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443124652 Ebook
240 Pages | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9780545989787 Paperback
240 Pages | 5.27" x 7.63" | Ages 9 to 12

An inspiring tale of a 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.