The Black Bonnet

The Black Bonnet

by Louella Bryant
     
 

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Gr 8 Up-Charity and her older sister, Bea, are near the end of their journey along the Underground Railroad from Virginia to Montreal. They settle in at a "station" in Burlington, Vermont, to recover their health and to prepare for the last leg of their trip. As readers are drawn into the story, it is revealed that Charity's father is a plantation owner and that Bea is expecting the child of another white farmer. The young women make friends among the conductors' families and their fellow runaways. Burlington is crawling with slave hunters, and danger is imminent. Charity, because she is so light-skinned, goes into town wearing a black bonnet that ostensibly provides enough protection to allow her to "pass" as white. Bryant cleverly weaves real-life railroad conductors, such as Lucius Bigelow and Edward Peck, into the narrative, as well as famous escaped slaves, such as Harriet Tubman. Although the novel is suspenseful, some youngsters may have difficulty with the graphic descriptions of violence, some of which seems forced; the unrealistic plot elements; and the tension that arises from Charity's unnecessary adventures into "white" society. It is disturbing and preposterous that a fair-skinned former slave would parade through the streets directly in front of mercenary slave catchers.-Lucinda Lockwood, Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881535225
Publisher:
New England Press, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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