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. Volume XV Number 3. . . .September 26, 2008
This, the seventh installment in the "Canadian Flyer Adventures," chronicles the adventure best friends Matt Martinez and Emily Bing embark on when their magic time-traveling sled takes them to 1858. As each story in the series opens, the children find an article (this time a black and white feather labeled "Underground Railroad, October 1858") in the old dresser in the attic that points them to the era to which they will be transported. Once they hop aboard their magical sled and rub the shimmery gold letters around the maple leaf painted on their Canadian Flyer, they are on their way! "Rub the leaf Three times fast Soon you'll fly To the past."
Thinking they are embarking on an adventure to see the first subway system, the pair hop aboard their Canadian Flyer sled and end up in a dark, smelly room where they find the word "PUSH" carved into the wall. Uncovering a secret door, the pair ends up outside and wondering where the Underground Railroad actually is when all they see is a horse and wagon. This is where they meet Dr. Alexander Ross, a Canadian who used his interest in birds as an excuse to travel to the southern United States to help slaves escape to freedom. The pair also meets an African American woman and her twin boys, aged six, as well as another girl who is about 10-years-old. The adventure really begins as they spend the night trying to smuggle the slaves across the border and into Canada. While attempting to cross the bridge over Niagara Falls between the United States and Canada, the group is forced to turn around when they hear the dogs and slave catchers close by. With the slave catchers keeping watch on the bridge, they, led by Harriet Tubman, have no choice but to cross into Canada by raft.
Saache Heinrich is the Youth Services Manager for Wheatland Regional Library in Saskatchewan.
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