The Knotted Rope

By Jean Rae Baxter

The Knotted Rope
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Broken Trail, a white boy adopted by the Oneida First Nation and brought up to be a warrior, has seen much injustice done to his adoptive people and even more suffered by the Black slaves who spend their lives in bondage. The year is 1793, the year in which a new law is passed ... Read more


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Broken Trail, a white boy adopted by the Oneida First Nation and brought up to be a warrior, has seen much injustice done to his adoptive people and even more suffered by the Black slaves who spend their lives in bondage. The year is 1793, the year in which a new law is passed to gradually end slavery in Upper Canada. The new law is not perfect; it will leave hundreds still in slavery for the rest of their lives. But it is enough to make many slave owners afraid that their investment in slaves will soon be worth nothing. No wanting to lose money, they sell their slaves to dealers to take to slave markets in the United States. When a twelve-year-old girl, Rosa, and her father are sold to a slave dealer, Broken Trail has a plan that will not only rescue them from the slave dealer but also make them free for life. But where has the slave dealer taken Rosa and her father? Broken Trail embarks a dangerous search for the place where slaves are confined until they can be shipped across the border. The danger is great, and Broken Trail finds more than he expected.

Jean Rae Baxter

Jean Rae Baxter writes for both an adult general audience and for young readers. The Way Lies North (2007) won the Arts Hamilton Award for a young reader novel and was nominated for the Red Maple and Stellar awards, Broken Train won the gold medal in the Moonbeam Awards, and Freedom Bound won the bronze medal. Jean lives in Hamilton where she is one of the organizers of the Lit Live Reading Series and serves as co-chair of Arts Hamilton Literary Advisory Committee. Visit jeanraebaxter.ca.

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