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Dear Canada: A Desperate Road to Freedom

Dear Canada: A Desperate Road to Freedom

by Karleen Bradford

ISBN 9781443124089 Ebook
ISBN 9780545996198 Hardcover
224 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

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.


  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2012
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2010

Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic


Also by
Karleen Bradford

  • Dear Canada: A Country of Our Own
  • Dear Canada: With Nothing But Our Courage
  • Dear Canada: A Season for Miracles
  • Dear Canada: A Time for Giving: Ten Tales of Christmas
  • Dear Canada: A Christmas to Remember

Contact Information

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604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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