Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee

Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee

by Stacie Haas

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ISBN-13: 9781947048072
Publisher: 50/50 Press, LLC
Publication date: 11/09/2017
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Literary_Classics_Reviews 2 days ago
Thomas is a patriot intent on helping win the Civil War, but his brother feels certain nobody will accept him as a soldier. Adopted as a young boy, he looks entirely unlike anyone else around. With his pale skin and long black braid, most people assume he’s a Chinese slave, even though slavery is abolished in the northern states. But Thomas knows a thing or two about wanting to be treated as an equal. As far as he is concerned that’s really what this war is all about, and he wants to do his part. Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is based on a true story. Author Stacie Haas is a gifted story-teller. Her ability to paint a vivid scene helps draw readers into this coming-of-age tale of a young boy determined to stake his claim as a citizen. Haas’ depiction of this soldier’s tale is one that won’t soon be forgotten by readers of all ages. Recommended for home and school libraries, Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
TyLew More than 1 year ago
Looking for an attention-grabbing story? Maybe some adventure as well? Look no further! In this story, Thomas is a young Chinese Yankee who works his way into the Union Army to battle in the Civil War. However, for a Chinese teenager, war is not the only conflict. Thomas must fight against the teases and prejudices of the other soldiers, while at the same time fighting against his own negative feelings and doubt. Will he be able to get freedom, not just for the slaves, but for himself? Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is a definite page-turner! What I enjoyed about this book was that the story unfolded at the perfect pace, not too slow or fast, and that the story was very believable and realistic, since it’s based on a true story. All things were explained clearly and thoroughly but not overly explained to the point of boredom or confusion. I enjoyed the realistic emotions of Thomas. One thing I enjoyed was how the book was creatively written to intertwine the present and Thomas’ past. I would not recommend this for very young children because there were some tear-jerking parts with deaths on the battlefield. I would recommend this to young teenagers and any history lover. By a 15 year-old student
LitPick More than 1 year ago
Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is about young Thomas, who wants nothing more than to fight for the Union and show his Yankee spirit. As one of the few Chinese people, Thomas finds himself ridiculed and misunderstood. He watches as his American brother refers to him as someone who simply “lives with us.” This statement, as well as the following uncorrected assumption that Thomas is a slave, leaves Thomas wondering why everything has to be so complicated. Determined to prove himself worthy and to take action on what he believes is right, Thomas rashly enlists in the army, pretending to be old enough. Despite having to deal with several rough boys who routinely mock him, Thomas is determined to prove himself a Yankee worth remembering. When Thomas meets and befriends a runaway slave, however, the true meaning of freedom begins to make itself known to Thomas. He begins to understand that it’s not just about proving yourself to others. Once the war reaches an epic climax, Thomas decides that it doesn’t matter your nationality, as long as you stand up for what you believe. Opinion: While perhaps slightly elementary in its writing style, this book easily made for an excellent addition to my bookshelf. It broadened my understanding of what went on during the Civil War. I found this story to be delightful and heartwarming. The characters were wonderfully developed, and the story itself is written with exceptional realism, making it seem as if the tale could be happening right alongside you as you read. Thomas, who is the main character, is Chinese. At first, I was confused on how he ended up in America with his new family, but the author explained it eventually as it being something of the likeness of an unofficial adoption. This story is based on one of the very few Chinese Yankees who served during the Civil War. There is obvious racism throughout the story, but none of it is overly harsh, and most of it is thoroughly explained and makes sense with the story. This book took a well-known historical event and spun it into an epic tale told from the perspective of a Chinese boy. The author did a wonderful job enlightening me as well as teaching me more about the types of people who fought in the Civil War. Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is a historical fiction novel for middle-aged readers about young Thomas, who through many trials, discovers the true meaning of freedom. Thomas puts it this way at the end of the book: “It’s a privilege,” Thomas answered without hesitation, “to help spread freedom in America.” “Freedom for the slaves?” “No,” Thomas considered Freedom for all of us. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 15
LitPick More than 1 year ago
Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is about young Thomas, who wants nothing more than to fight for the Union and show his Yankee spirit. As one of the few Chinese people, Thomas finds himself ridiculed and misunderstood. He watches as his American brother refers to him as someone who simply “lives with us.” This statement, as well as the following uncorrected assumption that Thomas is a slave, leaves Thomas wondering why everything has to be so complicated. Determined to prove himself worthy and to take action on what he believes is right, Thomas rashly enlists in the army, pretending to be old enough. Despite having to deal with several rough boys who routinely mock him, Thomas is determined to prove himself a Yankee worth remembering. When Thomas meets and befriends a runaway slave, however, the true meaning of freedom begins to make itself known to Thomas. He begins to understand that it’s not just about proving yourself to others. Once the war reaches an epic climax, Thomas decides that it doesn’t matter your nationality, as long as you stand up for what you believe. Opinion: While perhaps slightly elementary in its writing style, this book easily made for an excellent addition to my bookshelf. It broadened my understanding of what went on during the Civil War. I found this story to be delightful and heartwarming. The characters were wonderfully developed, and the story itself is written with exceptional realism, making it seem as if the tale could be happening right alongside you as you read. Thomas, who is the main character, is Chinese. At first, I was confused on how he ended up in America with his new family, but the author explained it eventually as it being something of the likeness of an unofficial adoption. This story is based on one of the very few Chinese Yankees who served during the Civil War. There is obvious racism throughout the story, but none of it is overly harsh, and most of it is thoroughly explained and makes sense with the story. This book took a well-known historical event and spun it into an epic tale told from the perspective of a Chinese boy. The author did a wonderful job enlightening me as well as teaching me more about the types of people who fought in the Civil War. Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is a historical fiction novel for middle-aged readers about young Thomas, who through many trials, discovers the true meaning of freedom. Thomas puts it this way at the end of the book: “It’s a privilege,” Thomas answered without hesitation, “to help spread freedom in America.” “Freedom for the slaves?” “No,” Thomas considered Freedom for all of us. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 15
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Thomas Beck was not your typical adolescent male living in Connecticut in the 1860s. He lived with his father Joseph, mother Madeline and his eighteen-year-old brother Robert. Joseph was a seafaring captain and brought Thomas home after a trip to China, and they raised him as their own son. Madeline shielded Thomas from the local townspeople who would not accept his differences. Robert could not wait to join the Union Army, and Thomas joined with him, without the knowledge of any family member. The travails of his military experiences are described in Freedom For Me: A Chinese Yankee, written by Stacie Haas. Although fighting alongside other soldiers, Thomas experienced much prejudice and bullying. However, he was committed to ending slavery; he understood what it meant to be viewed as unworthy and less valuable than other people. Based on a true story, another face of racism is revealed. The fictional account itself is very interesting, as it follows the Fourteenth Connecticut Infantry from the initial excitement of fighting the Rebels throughout some famous Civil War battles. These battles were grueling and difficult. The high numbers of injuries and deaths are hard to imagine. Author Stacie Haas has written a fascinating account of the Civil War, from the viewpoint of an “outsider” soldier, in Freedom For Me: A Chinese Yankee. She writes with a smooth flow, moving from the personal experiences of Thomas and his brother to historically accurate battle scenes. The reader is engaged from the first page to the last. This novel is certainly a poignant depiction of a difficult era in this country’s history.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paul F. Johnson for Readers' Favorite Freedom For Me by Stacie Haas is set during the Civil War which has been going on for over a year. Like so many other young men, Thomas wants to fight for his country. He has two problems; one is that he’s not old enough to join and the other is, as his brother would say, there are no Chinese Yankees. When Robert joins to fight, Thomas follows. However, before he can face the enemy he has to face his own fellow soldiers. Thomas finds that wearing the same uniform isn't enough to shed the Chinese label and he must face hardship, bigotry and hateful taunts, mainly because of his size but also because of the traditional Chinese queue ( long braid) he wears. Even after being severely beaten, his spirit isn't broken. Along the way, Thomas befriends a runaway slave where he begins to understand the true meaning of freedom and that the Union has to win the war so that slavery can end. But, if he is to survive to see the end, he must somehow gain the respect and trust of his comrades. I liked this book very much. Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is insightful in many ways. Based on a true story, the characterization was superbly portrayed. It vividly points out that hate and bigotry wasn't limited to one side. The dialogue was appropriate for the time period. Without the use of gory detail, the plot brought the reader right into the middle of the fight, some of the most dangerous and bloody battles of all the Civil War. The author has a talent for putting the reader there, next to Thomas with his determination to save the Union. I think the target audience will find it is a perfect fit. Very nicely done. I enjoyed it very much. Good job by this author.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is an historical fiction novel written by Stacie Haas. The character of Thomas Beck, the young Chinese American who joins the Fourteenth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry with his brother, Robert, is based on the true-life story of Joseph Pierce. Like Pierce, Beck is rescued from a life of involuntary servitude by his uncle, who secretes his young nephew in a crate placed on board a ship. The ship’s captain, Amos Beck, adopts the child as his own, and brings him home to Connecticut where the Becks have a farm. Haas details the struggles a Chinese American would have being accepted by his peers in the Infantry, starting with the difficulties his own adopted brother has in acknowledging their family relationship. In her author’s note, Haas indicates those aspects of Thomas Beck’s story which differ from the real life history of Joseph Pierce. She also shares details of Pierce’s life after his Civil War service. Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is a meticulously researched and beautifully presented military fiction novel which recreates the life and experiences of a Chinese Yankee volunteer during the Civil War. Her battle scenes are stark and moving, and the prejudicial attitudes Beck is subjected to ring true, sadly enough, even in today’s world. Reading Freedom for Me was a fascinating and illuminating experience for me as each skirmish became real and the bravery of those who endured is revealed. I was especially interested in seeing how Thomas interacted with the soldiers he was attached to, particularly Henry, whose initial viciousness and physical attacks were alarming. The young men, all from very different walks of life, formed a team that was memorable. What was perhaps most moving of all was Beck’s conviction that freeing the slaves was worth sacrificing his own life for; that his own freedom was intricately tied up in the civil rights of others. Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee is beautifully written and it’s most highly recommended.
Kimberly Williams More than 1 year ago
Ms. Haas was able to capture Thomas' true spirit and struggle as a pioneer in a new land that struggles to identify themselves. This book was well written to a variety of audiences, including my 10 year old daughter, who is learning of the Civil War in 5th grade. I highly recommend this read to the entire family!