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. Volume XVIII Number 13. . . .November 25, 2011
Flower is a 12-year-old slave. Felicia is a grade eight student. They were born a hundred and fifty years apart, but their lives will intersect in a museum near Collingwood, ON, because of a quilt and a painting they created. As their stories are told in alternating chapters, readers will see how each girl faced incidents of racism in her life with courage. Flower and her family are running from their owners and hiding from slave catchers. They are able to cross into Canada, though, with the help of a network of people who provide them with shelter, food, medicine, and transportation. The Underground Railroad helped slaves like Flower reach communities where they could make a home. Felicia faces racism at her new school from a student and a teacher, but she is able to feel proud of herself and her heritage after she connects with new friends who share her love of singing and horseback riding. The "Morning Stars" in this story represent freedom. Although 'the stars' are different for each girl, they allow them to have hope and a future where they can be accepted for being themselves.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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