Monday, March 28, 2011

Freedom Stone by Jeffrey Kluger

"There were two kinds of slaves on the plantation Lillie and her family called home: those who could sleep on the night before the slave seller came and those who couldn't."

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Summary: After her father is killed during a Civil War battle, and the army accuses him of being a thief, a young slave girl is determined to prove him innocent and magically travels to the battle in which her father died to find out the true story.

Philomel Books; 314 pages


Mary W said...

I could not get into this book. It did not have the depth that I am looking for in a Newbery book. Others at my library have expressed this same sentiment.

Mary said...

Thanks for your comment; not everyone agrees with or likes every title. We'd love to hear your suggestions for titles.

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading Freedom Stone. There are good things about it; I really liked the descriptions of slave life. It gave a good feel for what it might have been like to be a slave. Good character development, especially Lillie and her family. And I liked the references to the Ibo heritage. It lost me with the magical realism, however. Maybe others would find it enjoyable, but I thought the fantasy elements took away from the integrity of the story.