North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad

North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad

by Katherine Ayres


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It's 1851 and Lucy Spencer's family is keeping a secret. Their Ohio home is a station on the Underground Railroad, the network of people and places that helps fugitive slaves escape to freedom in Canada. Lucy believes in what she and her family do to help the fugitives, even if it means putting herself in danger.

So Lucy doesn't hesitate when she is asked to stay with the Widow Aurelia Mercer and help her with a family of runaway slaves hiding in her attic. And she learns so much from her experience--about growing up, love, and standing on her own. But what will Lucy do when she is asked to make the ultimate sacrifice and leave all she loves behind?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440227472
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 756,968
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Katherine Ayres is the author of Family Tree, which has been named to several state award lists, and North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad. She is a founding member of the Playwright’s Lab at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. She teaches writing at Chatham College, where she also coordinates the Master of Arts program in children’s and adolescent writing.

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North by Night: A Story of the Underground Railroad 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a rather enjoyable book, and it shows how stupid the whole slavery thing was¿I mean, if a chair ran away, would you chase after it? I doubt a you'd go after a chair, even if it's your property. I thought the book could've been a little more descriptive on introducing the characters, but otherwise, I liked reading it and couldn't put it down. ^_^
mlarge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book proved to be a page turner. Will Spencer has promised a friend (a runaway slave) that he will go to Kentucky to rescue his friend¿s siblings from his owner. In the process, he meets slave-owners who are nice to him, and make him question the morality of his actions (is it ok to steal from them after they had been kind and generous to him?) The characters come to life in this novel from the perspective of a Caucasian boy helping his runaway friend.
jbergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
North by Night is the story of Lucy Sepncer, a young woman of 16 years old, who for the last four years has been helping, with her family, fugitive slaves escape to Canada. Lucy is asked to help care for a family of runaway slaves in a neighbour's attic, one of which is pregnant and very sick, Cass. Despite warnings from her family, Lucy develops a friendship with Cass and teaches her how to write. When tragedy strikes Lucy has to make a difficult decision that may result in great loss. Themes throughout the book include independence, friendship, slavery, love, sacrifice, and death.
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This was farrrr better than Stealing South. Truly enjoyable. ;D
Guest More than 1 year ago
North by Night is a great book. its about a girl, Lucy Spencer whose family was part of an underground Railroad to help fugitive slaves escape from their owners to go to Canada to become free. one night while at a party of her lovers house a Quaker named Jerimiah Strong asked her to help hide a group of runaway slaves hide from their owner the escape to canada. she decides to help at that point they were staying at widow Aurelia Mercers hous in the attic. it was quit a large group and one of the mothers was pregnant. lucy learns about responsibility love and how to grow up. near the end lucy has to make a hard decision. leaving the ones she loves or helping people live happily which will she choose? read the book to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I like historical fiction and thought the characters were excellent. I love that the hero of the book is a girl. History can be a bit dry but this book really hooks its reader's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this Book was exciting !I couldn't it down. This book really explains how hard slavery was and how BLACKS had to survie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good I read it in two days! If you haven't read it, you should! It's about a girl named Lucy who helps to get runaway slaves to Canada. It has adventure, romance, and much, much more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and im in 7th grade it has facts and a love story. ur eyes r glued to each page i could read it a millon times and keep on goin
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story has parts that could leave you stunned for days. Heartbreaking and leave-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat like ! A story that anyone with a heart for adventure should read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story about a young girl helping runaway slaves escape to Canada. This is one of those storys that gives you the personal efects of war rather than being on the battle front itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A woman and her unborn child go through the Underground Railroad