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Stealing Freedom [Paperback]

By Elisa Carbone (Author)
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Overview
Raised a slave, Anna Maria Weems' one true joy is having her family around her, but when they are all suddenly taken away, twelve-year-old Anna escapes and begins a dangerous journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad in the hopes of finding them once again. Teacher's Guide available. Reprint.

Publishers Description
"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.

Awards and Recognitions
Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbone has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Young Hoosier Book Award - 2003 Nominee - Grades 6-8 category


Citations And Professional Reviews
Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbone has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 794
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/08/2001 page 69
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 580


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Yearling
Pages   258
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.66" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 9, 2001
Publisher   Yearling
Age  10-14
ISBN  0440417074  
ISBN13  9780440417071  
UPC  071009005501  


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More About Elisa Carbone


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elisa Carbone lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Hendricks, West Virginia. Visit her at elisacarbone.com.
Jen Hill attended RISD and studied under David Macaulay. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at jenhill.com.

Elisa Carbone has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Maryland, Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > African-American
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature
6Books > Subjects > Teens > History & Historical Fiction > Historical Fiction



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Reviews - What do customers think about Stealing Freedom?

Dr. Ellwood Harvey, the real person behind "Dr. H"  Oct 16, 2006
My association with Stealing Freedom began while researching into the history of my G, G, G, grandfather, Ellwood Harvey. We have a two page photo essay (Philadelphia Inquirer 1938) which recreated the history of Ellwood helping a slave named Ann Maria Weeks (sic). It was Ellwood who took her from in front of the White House and to William Still's house in Philly. Two days later he took her to NYC where she traveled onto Canada. Little did I know that Ann Maria Weems was a very well-known case in the Underground Railroad circles.
Elisa came to visit Ellwood's grave last year, 150 years after his part in the rescue. Her book is very accurate, but sited Dr. H since that was how William Still reported Ellwood Harvey in his book on the UGRR. In the back of the paperback edition Elisa acknowledges that Ellwood was Dr. H.
He was an abolitionist (his letter about witnessing a slave auction can be found in Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, A Key To Uncle Tom's Cabin, and on various internet sites. Ellwood was a supporter of women's rights. He taught at the Female Medical College of Philadelphia in the 1850. It was the first college in the world for female doctors. Part of the reason he rescued Ann was to get the $300 reward from Lewis Tappan. He used that to buy a dissection mannequin for the women's college. Ellwood continued to hide runaway slaves in his stable loft in Chester, PA during the Civil War.
Ann made it to Buxton, Canada, but nobody knows anything about her after that. Bryan Prince, a Canadian museum curator and author, has a book coming out on the whole Weems family in 2008. Should be a good read.
I love historical fiction and Ms. Carbone does it well. The fact that I am related to one of the characters in this particular book is icing on the cake.
 
The Slavery Insurment  May 28, 2006
I think this book is a really good book. I think this book is really good because I like the way the author used her words. The author is a girl. Her name is Natalie Kinsey Warnock. I think she deserves a big applause. I wish she came to my school for one of the author visits. That is how much I like this author. If I could change the bok, I would change the words just a little bit. I would rearange the words. If I could meet this author, I think it would be awesome. That is what I like about the book and the author. If she has any other books that I new about, I would read them in a heartbeat. That is all I have to say. You Have To Read This Book.
 
The Slavery Insurment  May 28, 2006
I think this book is a really good book. I think this book is really good because I like the way the author used her words. The author is a girl. Her name is Natalie Kinsey Warnock. I think she deserves a big applause. I wish she came to my school for one of the author visits. That is how much I like this author. If I could change the bok, I would change the words just a little bit. I would rearange the words. If I could meet this author, I think it would be awesome. That is what I like about the book and the author. If she has any other books that I new about, I would read them in a heartbeat. That is all I have to say. You Have To Read This Book.
 
Too heavy-handed  Feb 13, 2005
This is a well-written book that will hold your child's attention. It provides very detailed information about how the Underground Railroad actually worked. The book is marred, however, by the author's characterization of every slave as a saint, and every slave-owner as a vicious, mean-spirited, child-abusing drunk. It's almost as if the author does not trust the child reader to "get" that slavery was evil, and so feels that she has to reemphasize it in a heavy-handed way. Middle readers are more sophisticated than she suspects: they know when they're being patronized and are less likely to enjoy this book as a result.
 
I loving it.  Mar 3, 2004
I am still in the process of reading the book but every one at my school was telling me about how good this book is so after a test I asked my teacher if I could read Stealing Freedom while the rest of the people finish there test. I fell in love with the book in the first chapter. I think I like this book alot because I am an african amrican so I think it in a way relates to my race and I. I would recomend this book to anyone...
 

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