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Stealing Freedom (1998)

by Elisa Carbone

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Ann Marie Weems was a slave in 1853 on a farm in Marylan. She worked from sun up to sun down. Her life is not an unhappy one because she is surrounded by her loving family, until the Prices begin to sell them off one by one, until she is the only one left. When she is 12 she escapes with a white abolitionist, on the underground railroad. This will not be an easy journey, but she makes it to Canada, where she finds her family. Ages11 and olders should enjoy this book.
  VirginiaWrenn | Dec 15, 2010 |
Ann Maria Weems is left behind when her family is bought by abolitionists and freed.
Beyond being an inspiring story, this book is also a frank look at slavery. The detail is astonishing. From the scene where young Joseph is whipped for being stronger than the master's nephew, to young Benjamin having his father's blue eyes, the author looks honestly at how the lives of slaves and their owners crossed every day.
Ann Marie's life unfolds in a very clear way. The author uses her story to advantage, and makes the day to day life and longing of this little girl into a real page turner.
I would recommend this book for children 6th grade and up, with the caveat that it could lead to uncomfortable questions from the younger set. ( )
  emithomp | Sep 28, 2009 |
Based on the true story of Ann Maria Weems, a runaway slave trying to reach Canada in the mid-1800s. ( )
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"'Papa, is that bad, what Uncle Abram tried to do--steal his freedom like that?' Ann asked.
Her father stopped and stared at her. 'He wasn't stealing anything that wasn't rightfully his,' he said very softly. 'Anyone born a slave gets their freedom stolen the day they're born.'"

Ann Maria Weems was a slave who lived in Maryland in the mid-1800s, and in the engaging, suspenseful novel Stealing Freedom, Elisa Carbone tells her story. As she wrote, Carbone painstakingly pieced Ann's experiences together with old newspaper articles; letters found in boxes in Philadelphia and Ohio; and material culled from rare books, census and land records, wills, and graveyards. She read thousands of pages of slave narratives, and recorded the emotion she heard in these men and women's voices in her own work. The resulting novel--powerful, vivid, and a tale well told--is, according to the author, a combination of what really happened and what could have happened. Every character in her book is based on someone who lived during the 19th century.

The story begins in 1853 at the Price farm in Unity, Maryland, where the Weems family lives and works. Though 10-year-old Ann works from sunup to sundown in often harsh conditions, her life is not an unhappy one, as she is surrounded by a loving family. But the reality of slavery is ever present. When the Prices begin to sell Ann's family off, person by person, her father (a free slave) vows that if the family can't be together in slavery, they will be together in freedom. Finally, only 12-year-old Ann is left on the farm, and young readers will be moved by her courageous journey--from her dramatic escape with a white abolitionist, to her travels on the Underground Railroad, to her heart-wrenching reunion with her family in Canada. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson

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A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.

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