Freedom Stone

Gr 5—9—Kluger portrays the everyday horrors of slavery while mixing in magic and time travel for an atmosphere of possibilities and hope. Thirteen-year-old Lillie's father joins the Confederate army expecting to win freedom for himself and his family. However, he is killed during the siege of Vicksburg and accused of having been a thief. The coins found on Papa become the property of the Master, who is no longer obliged to free the family. Lillie; her six-year-old brother, Plato; and their mother are devastated by his loss and the unjustified allegation, but as slaves they have no power to contest it. What's more, because of his financial problems, the Master begins to consider selling Plato. When magic enters her life by way of an elderly slave and her prized African stone, Lillie gets the chance to clear her father's name and win freedom for her family. Lillie's love for her brother and mother and the danger and intrigue that she faces make for an engaging and satisfying story.—Margaret Auguste, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ
In exchange for his family's freedom, Lillie's father enlists in the Confederate Army; he's declared a thief after his death at Vicksburg, and the deal is broken. Lillie must uncover the truth while trying to prevent her brother from being sold. Ibo magic, brutal overseers, and sympathetic characters combine to provide a gripping account of events on one South Carolina plantation.

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