Fires of Jubilee

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

At the end of the Civil War in 1865, a teenage former slave is determined to find the truth about the disappearance of her parents. She's about to discover that, like freedom, the truth is harder to come by than she imagined.

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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: 9780689855283
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Series: Aladdin Historical Fiction Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 722,630
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    why I liked The fires of jubilee

    The book was wonderfull. I really liked all the detail the author put into it. the book was not at all borring.Myfavorite part of the book was when the slaves found out they were free but hardley any of them left.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Fires of Jubilee

    Fires of Jubilee is a good read. I would recommend this book to anyone in grades 4-7. Although I am in high school and am reading this for an assignment, I liked it. It was a cute story and provided good insight to what life was like for slaves, before and after their freedom. It is a story about Abby, a young girl who discovers about a month after the Civil War ends she and all of the rest of the slaves are free. She immediately wants to go and find her mother, who ran away when Abby was just a baby, but first she must find the secrets behind her mother¿s departure. Historically, it reveals how some blacks were treated during their confinement (whippings and being forced to work with out pay) and also after¿how soldiers returning from the war were affected by the war, and how some soldiers treated blacks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Not read it

    From what i hear i bet is a really good book.i really want to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

    Fires of Jubilee

    Fires of Jubilee was a very good book,I really liked it . I really liked how the author made it feel so real . This book had a lot of detail in it . I spent a lot of my time reading this book . It was filled with eximent .I would recommend this book to my friends and other people because it was entertaining and it is good to learn about the civil war.
    This book is great and maybe the teachers should read this book with their class if their learning about the civil war. You can really learn some things. As I said before this book was great you won't get bored while reading this book .If you read this book and liked it I would defenetly read other books by Alison Hart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Great historical read for all grades

    Read this to your students to make the Civil War real instead of just facts in a book. Great suspense and mystery along with the facts of life after the Civil War.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    Terrific mystery

    I loved this latest mystery from Alison hart even if its not about horses. It's cool and I evenlearned a lot about the civil war. Try it!

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