Fires of Jubilee

Fires of Jubilee

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by Alison Hart
     
 

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ABBY IS FREE FROM SLAVERY BUT NOT FROM THE SECRETS OF HER PAST...
It's 1865 in the conquered South and things are not as they were before the war. Thirteen-year-old Abby Joyner still lives on the plantation where she was raised but she and her grandparents are free now and continue on for a small salary.
One thing is the same as it has always been, though --… See more details below

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ABBY IS FREE FROM SLAVERY BUT NOT FROM THE SECRETS OF HER PAST...
It's 1865 in the conquered South and things are not as they were before the war. Thirteen-year-old Abby Joyner still lives on the plantation where she was raised but she and her grandparents are free now and continue on for a small salary.
One thing is the same as it has always been, though -- Abby does not know what became of her mother. Why won't anyone tell her? Abby is determined to find the truth behind her disappearance. But answers are few and she is about to discover that, like freedom, the truth is harder to come by than she could have imagined.

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Children's Literature
Abby Joyner wants to be free. The Civil War has ended and she hears that slaves have been declared free. Abby is only thirteen but she wants to begin her life as a free black girl. Although her grandmother lives on the plantation and her master and mistress are caring people, Abby wants to find her mother. Abby doesn't know why her mother has never come back for her after she left when Abby was a baby. Abby doesn't even know where her mother is or if she is even alive, but she wants to find her. She wants to know what kind of a world lies beyond the plantation she has never left. Abby finds out that many secrets have been kept from her, and Abby determines she will find out the answers to her questions about her mother. Set on a post-Civil War plantation in Virginia, Abby's story is suspenseful and intriguing. This historical fiction mystery will hold a young reader's attention from beginning to end. 2003, Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 9 to 13.
—Marcie Flinchum Atkins
VOYA
The Civil War is over and freedom has come to Hammond House, a plantation in Virginia, where thirteen-year-old Abby Joyner has been a slave all her life. Now that she is free, Abby plans to find her mother and father. But she has one problem: No one on the plantation will give her any information about their whereabouts. Although she continues to work with her grandmother, Mamie, and the other ex-slaves who remain loyal to the plantation owners, she repeatedly questions Mamie and the mistress about her parents until finally, just before Mamie dies, she gives Abby some important clues that help her discover the events that led to her parents' "disappearance." Readers who enjoy historical fiction or mystery will be attracted to this book, but they might be disappointed. The characters are not well developed, so readers might not care about Abby or what happened to her parents. The slaves are portrayed as subservient and content with slavery. Mamie and her husband refuse wages in exchange for a tea service, which they use to purchase a featherbed so that they can be rested enough "to work as hard as two mules." Several slaves whom Abby loves and respects decide that "freedom ain nothin' but an ugly word." When Abby considers joining the few slaves who leave the plantation, they welcome her but emphasize their intentions to use her as a laborer. Nevertheless Abby's persistence might encourage readers to make it to the book's happy ending. VOYA Codes: 2Q 4P M (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Aladdin/S & S, 192p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.
—KaaVonia Hinton
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Abby, a 13-year-old slave, is living on Hammond Plantation in Virginia when the Civil War ends. She wants to go to "freedom," although she is not sure where that is. Mamie, who raised her, and Pap, feel that they are too old to start elsewhere. Abby is desperate to find out about her mother, who disappeared when Abby was a baby, and wonders why no one will answer her questions about her. Eventually the teen learns the truth about her parents and prepares to be reunited with her mother. Hart gives readers a glimpse into the tragic state of the South at the close of the war and the plight of the freed slaves. Although it has a slow start and the ending is a bit too neat, this novel offers an interesting look at a sad time in this nation's history. The characters are depicted as real people with faults as well as good points. The book will give some readers a better grasp of the effects of the war on everyone.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439136713
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,294,513
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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