The Freedom Maze

The Freedom Maze

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Set against the burgeoning Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and then just before the outbreak of the Civil War, The Freedom Maze explores both political and personal liberation, and how the two intertwine.
In 1960, thirteen-year-old Sophie isn t happy about spending the summer at her grandmother s old house in the Bayou. But the house has a maze Sophie can t resist exploring once she finds it has a secretive and mischievious inhabitant.
When Sophie, bored and lonely, makes an impulsive wish, she slips back one hundred years into the past, to the year 1860. She hopes for a fantasy book adventure with herself as the heroine. Instead, she gets a real adventure in the race-haunted world of her family s Louisiana sugar plantation in 1860, where she is mistaken for a slave.
President Abraham Lincoln s Emancipation Proclamation is still two years in the future. The Thirteen Amendment abolishing and prohibiting slavery will not be not passed until April 1864.
Muddy and bedraggled, Sophie obviously isn t a young lady of good breeding. She must therefore be a slave. And she is.

Multilayered, compassionate and thought-provoking, a timely read on the sesquicentennial of America s Civil War. Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
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Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library, p2012.
ISBN: 9780449014639
0449014630
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 8hrs 19 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Miles, Robin

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AliReads Mar 21, 2017

This is an excellent story - and narrated by a gorgeous voice! - about 13 year old Sophie who goes to stay at her granmother's house for the summer, an old plantation house in the South. Sophie reads, and longs to have adventures like the children in her favourite books, but when she meets a strange creature, her wish is granted, and she is thrown back into the 1860s where she is mistaken for a slave in her family's old house. Sophie slips up several times as she tries to survive in the past, and the story is driven by her and the other strong characters around her. In the ends, it's gripping, well written, very well narrated, and a great story all around.

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