Morning Star

Morning Star


By Judith Plaxton


The Underground Railroad links two girls living more than a century apart. 

Flower, her parents, and her baby brother have escaped from the plantation where they were kept as slaves and are making their way north to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Their journey is dangerous and often desperate, as they are helped and sheltered by some, and hunted by others. Flower’s courage helps her family through illness, re-capture, and to escape again to safety.

Interwoven with Flower’s narrative is the story of Felicia, a young girl living more than 150 years later in a small Canadian community that was once an end-point of the Underground Railroad. Felicia, one of the few black children in her school, is researching her ancestry for a class project. As she talks to her mother and grandmother and learns about her ancestors’ struggles and successes, their bravery gives her the strength to confront the racism and bullying of a classmate.

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About the Author

Judith Plaxton is a retired nurse with an avid interest in the environment, local history, and volunteering: she fund raises for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, is involved with the Georgian Lifelong Learning Institute, and visits her local elementary school to help children in the language department. She lives in Clarksburg, Ontario, a small community on the Niagara Escarpment - an area that was a terminus for the Underground Railroad.

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Product Information

  • Release: Spetember 1, 2011

  • $10.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 278 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Children’s Fiction

  • Ages 10-14 / Grades 5-8

  • Guided Reading: V

  • ISBN: 9781897187975


  • Character Education
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
    > Strong Female Role Models

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • History & Social Studies
    > Canadian History
    > Social Justice

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity

Awards for Morning Star

  • 2013 Diamond Willow Award Finalist (Saskatachewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - SYRCA)

  • Selected by iTunes Rewind - Top Ten Young Adult Books of 2011! 

Praise for Morning Star

"...the novel draws the reader in with well orchestrated cliffhangers and a fully realized setting..." - Quill & Quire

"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." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"This is an engaging read." - Resource Links