|It''s 1858, and fourteen-year-old Lucy Bradford lives in Boston and is nothing like her older sisters. Instead of making a fuss along with everyone else over big sister Iris''s wedding, she''d rather be with her grandfather aboard his sailboat or helping him with his abolitionist efforts.|
Hundreds of miles south, a girl named Afrika is fleeing from a cruel world, with the North Star as her guide. Afrika has known lifetimes of hardship and brutality, though she''s only Lucy''s age. And she''s willing to face death for a chance at freedom.
A movement underground will soon change both Lucy and Afrika''s lives. It is a movement to help Afrika, and others, escape north to a world without slavery, a movement that will call Lucy into its ranks. It is called the Underground Railroad, and on it, Afrika and Lucy will discover together where their destinies lie: true north.
Alternating chapters tell the stories of two girls involved with the Underground Railroad during the years preceding the Civil War. Afrika is a slave who has escaped from a plantation in Virginia and is trying to make her way to Canada. Lucy is a privileged white girl from Boston who learns that her grandfather is a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.
"A rousing good story and two strong female protagonists make this novel of the Underground Railroad an energetic work of historical fiction....Lucy and Afrika are vivacious fictional heroines striving against a backdrop of actual events and real players; they reveal underlying truths in the sad histories of many a slave." 10/01/1996 Voya
"Frank discussions of the brutality of slavery and of northern businesses' interest in keeping the slave economy of the South strong from a solid backdrop fro a well-plotted, readable tale." - Ann Welton April 1997