Desperate Road to Freedom

Desperate Road to Freedom

The Underground Railroad Diary of Julia May Jackson

Book - 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.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780545996198
Branch Call Number: J SERIES D
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill., map, ports

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lollipops_15
Feb 25, 2014

Ive read almost all the dear Canada books. call me i bookworm if you want, but i love these books, well most of them.

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Jack316
Feb 23, 2014

Hi Kevin

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kevintong0821
Jan 31, 2014

good book it seems .me will do it for a black history month project...

LuvBooks11 Oct 16, 2013

I Adore the Dear Canada series, and so far this is THE BEST book EVER!!!!!

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nanis4925
Feb 24, 2013

I love this book!But I don't think it's fair that segregation and racism is against the law and people today,in the 2000's are still against black people?Though Julia May Jackson was a very brave girl and wrote in her diary everyday,even though she was not permitted to,if I were in her shoes I would be very proud of myself since I'm encouraging other slaves to have the freedom to read and write and have all the same rights as any white person.Terrific Job Julia May Jackson(even though your not alive) and great job author,for converting her diary into a book!!!

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bsharp
Mar 15, 2012

Things went by too fast

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UnbreakableValour
Feb 21, 2012

my friends say this is totally boring. i havent read this yet though..... now I did. totally a great book!

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iluv_hngr_gms_JB
Oct 10, 2011

this is a really good book what you think is going to happen in the book happensat the begining and it leaves you wondering what is going to happen in he rest of the book but it really is a great book

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