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VOYAThis Canadian reviewer always felt as if her nation took the moral high ground when it came to the relationships between blacks and whites. Everyone learns about the Underground Railroad and the fact that many blacks escaped from slavery into Canada. This novel teaches the story of Hugh Burnett and his fight for equality that began in the small town of Dresden, Ontario, in a tale that opens the Canadian reader's eyes to the nation's racism and the fact that racial discrimination is not limited to American history. Cooper begins by giving the reader a time line of black history in North America, from the arrival of the first black slaves in 1619, up until 1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first black player to play on an integrated major league baseball team. He then gives a history of the town of Dresden, which became a center of Canada's civil rights struggle. During the summer of 1931, Hugh Burnett and his brother ordered ice cream at the dairy bar in downtown Dresden and were told that they would have to eat it in the kitchen. Hugh was confused and appalled by the treatment that they received, and this event inspired him to begin what would become a lifelong crusade for equality. He formed the National Unity Association in 1948 and was instrumental in the passing of the Fair Employment Practices Act in 1954. Although this story is told factually, it is quite compelling. By using the story of Hugh Burnett, Cooper makes history come alive, and the book is enhanced by the archival photos that are included. He paints an excellent picture of what life was like for blacks in Canada, and exposes the racism that lurks everywhere. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only byoccasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Tundra, 80p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.