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Stealing freedom

by Carbone, Elisa.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Clairton Public Library Young Adult YA C
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA C
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Fiction J CARBONE
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Children Fiction
Call Number  J CARBONE
Inspired by a true story, the riveting novel of a young slave girl's harrowing escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

The moment Ann Maria Weems was born, her freedom was stolen from her. Like her family and the other slaves on the farm, Ann works from sunup to sundown and obeys the orders of her master. Then one day, Ann's family -- the only joy she knows -- is gone. Just 12 years old, Ann is overcome by grief, struggling to get through each day. And her only hope of stealing back her freedom and finding her family lies in a perilous journey: the Underground Railroad.

Ann Maria Weems was an actual slave who lived in the mid-1800s near the author's home in Maryland.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7^-10. Based on the true story of Ann Maria Weems, a young teenage slave in Maryland who escaped on the Underground Railroad to Canada in the 1850s, this historical novel combines the appeal of exciting escape adventure with authentic details of the time and place. Carbone's research is meticulous; unfortunately, the local color nearly chokes the story. We really do not need to know exactly what everyone ate at every meal, what they wore, what they did at the county fair. And then, why make up a romantic ending? The boy Ann loved under slavery escapes, and on the last page, he finds her in Canada, and they marry and live happily ever after. The author's note says that part is only "conjecture." Of course, readers will be caught up in the suspense of narrow escapes and daring disguise on Ann's journey with various brave conductors to freedom. The real story is in the characters' personal lives: the sense of how it felt to be a child under slavery and to have your family broken up, your brothers sold away; then the shock of what it meant to be free. The scenes of family reunion are heartfelt drama. --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a starred review,PW called this novel, based on the life of a slave who disguised herself as a boy and escaped at age 13, "dramatic, often poignant." Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Weems, Anne-Marie -- Juvenile fiction.
Weems, Anne-Marie -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
Underground Railroad -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Dell Yearling,2001
Language English
Notes "A Yearling book."
Description 258 pages : map ; 20 cm
ISBN 0440417074 :
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