Smucker, Barbara "Underground to Canada" - 1977
Barbara Smucker is a well-known Canadian author. Why would her book be interesting for European children at this time? The novel tells the story of two slave girls who escape from a plantation near Vicksburg, Mississippi, and steal toward Canada on the Underground Railroad. The description is very clear for children of all ages, especially if they are interested in history.
From the back cover:
"Taken away from her mother by a ruthless slave trader, all Julilly has left is the dream of freedom. Every day that she spends huddled in the slave trader’s wagon travelling south or working on the brutal new plantation, she thinks about the land where it is possible to be free, a land she and her friend Liza may reach someday. So when workers from the Underground Railroad offer to help the two girls escape, they are ready. But the slave catchers and their dogs will soon be after them…"