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: "One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this novels tells how, for the black slaves of 19th-century America, heaven didn't lie in the blue beyond, but over the border in free Canada."