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Steal Away

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by Jennifer Armstrong

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the fall of 1896 elderly Susannah McKnight coaxes her granddaughter Mary to travel with her to Canada to visit someone Mary regards as an ``old slave woman.'' Mary's vision of Bethlehem Reid is shattered, however, when she hears an amazing story of undying friendship and courage. As young girls Susannah and Bethlehem helped each other escape to the North: for Bethlehem, freedom; for Susannah, a return to the home she loved. Rich and emotionally resonant, this compelling, true story is told in compassionate, lush language; delighting not only in its poetic imagery and uncompromising clarity of expression but in the suspense and adventure of the girls' flight to personal liberty. Bethlehem and Susannah's friendship, born of circumstance and necessity, is never sentimentalized but remains fierce and heartbreaking to the last. This powerful, moving and thought-provoking narrative is sure to stay with readers long after it is finished. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- The title comes from a spiritual used as a signal to slaves that the time had come for them to make a run for freedom. Susannah, 13, thinks about such matters in the abstract until the year her parents die and she is taken to Virginia to live with her uncle's family. She believes that slavery is wrong, and matters are made worse when she is given a slave, Bethlehem. Susannah befriends her, teaches her to read, and then asks her help getting back to Vermont. While the story line is occasionally unrealistic--the girls have much too easy a time running north, for example--its strength lies in its unstinting examination of emotions. Bethlehem deals with her hatred of slavery, her resentment of the white girl, and her need to go on to Canada rather than to stay with Susannah, now a friend. Susannah must come to terms with her feelings about the black race. And her granddaughter, to whom the story is told, finds her own eyes opened and her prejudices exposed. Characterization of the main heroines is sound, although the secondary players never come to life. Despite the facile surface, the issues explored in this book run deep. When read with William Katz's Breaking the Chains (Atheneum, 1990), this will go a long way toward explicating the damage done by slavery. --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent, WA

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5.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
690L (what's this?)
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9 - 12 Years

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Steal Away 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift from my mother. When I read the back of the book, I was instantly hooked. However, when I got to page 54, I noticed something. The book was missing pages 55 to 86, but the pages were perfectly bound together, so it must have been printed that way. I am extremely disappointed that this book was an absolute ripoff. I loved the 54 pages I read and wish that I could have read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good book
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was soo awsesome, couldn't put it down for a sec. !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good the just counldn't stop reading it. After I read it my 5th grade class read it. I knew what was going to happend but I still loved. I would recommend it to all of you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it in my 5th grade class so when I came to the end I held in the tears. I think there might have been pages missing because every ones and awile I had no idea what was going on but I still loved it. I'm definitly going to get it if my mom caves in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down. I really liked all of the action and suspense in it. I would reccomend it to anyone over ten!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was much younger and enjoyed it very much. I am now in college and I am going to use this book for an assignment in one of my elemenary education courses. This is an excellent book for children. It's very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was GREAT! I couldn't put it down. The characters were so REAL. I felt like I was right there with them through the whole book. Xena