The Last Safe House

Barbara Greenwood
Heather Collins

This is the dramatic story of the Underground Railroad as seen through the eyes of two young girls --- Eliza, a runaway slave from a plantation in Virginia, and Johanna, whose family gives her refuge in St. Catharines, Canada West (now Ontario). In a unique mix of fact and fiction, each chapter is followed by background information and hands-on activities. Kids will learn about life on a cotton plantation, about abolitionists who fought to have slavery made illegal, and about the heroic actions of Canadians who sheltered runaway slaves. Beautifully detailed drawings accompany the text making The Last Safe House a comprehensive, all-in-one resource.

978-1-55074-509-2 | Jun 30, 1998
List Price: USD $15.95, CAD $16.95
2-color 7 7/8 x 9 1/4 120 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“This superb text vivifies the stories behind the flight to freedom.”
— Smithsonian Magazine, November 1998
“This fictional story, based on the experiences of many real slaves and their helpers, is filled with drama and pathos and grips the reader from beginning to end. The mix of story, information, and activities for kids brings the past vividly alive. This is a terrific book, ideal for both home and classroom use.”
— Quill & Quire, July 1998
“In short chapters, the story of fictional escaped slave Eliza Jackson and her family unfold, paralleling the effect on and courage of Canadian Johanna Reid and her family, who hide Eliza and her brother Ben until they can safely reunite with their mother. Smoothly sandwiched in are maps, drawings, and factual passages that give background details of the time. The clean, approachable design presents all of these elements in a clear, organized manner and the black-and-white illustrations complement both fictional and historical elements.”
— Kirkus Reviews, November 1998
“A book that is part novel, part history lesson, and part activity guide. Surprisingly, Greenwood succeeds on all counts. Sepia drawings appear on almost every page, giving the book an open look.”
— School Library Journal, January 1999
2001 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2001 - Red Cedar Book Award, Short-listed
2000 - Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2000 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
1999 - Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Winner
1999 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
1999 - Teachers' Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
1998 - Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children, Winner
1998 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

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