"Draws you into a world of danger and mystery, of daring and change, at the dawning of the Civil War. Beautifully imagined and told with satisfyingly matter-of-fact detail: pot liquor and spoon bread, whips and Spanish Moss, corset covers and vévés and bitter, healing herbs. The Freedom Maze is deep, meaningful fun."
"A bold and sensitively-written novel about a supposed-white child, Sophie Fairchild returned magically to a time of her ancestors who were slavemaster and slaves in the old South. I was mesmerized."
Jane Yolen, author of The Devil's Arithmetic
"A riveting, fearless, and masterful novel. I loved Sophie completely."
"A subtle and haunting book that examines what it means to be who we are."
Thirteen-year-old Sophie isn't happy about spending summer at her grandmother's old house in the Bayou. But the house has a maze Sophie can't resist exploring once she finds it has a secretive and playful inhabitant. When she makes an impulsive wish, she slips one hundred years into the past, to the year 1860. Once she makes her way, bedraggled and tanned, to what will one day be her grandmother’s house, she is taken for a slave.
Delia Sherman is the author of two middle grade novels, Changeling (selected for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program) and The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen. Her short stories for younger readers have appeared in numerous anthologies including The Faery Reel, Firebirds, Troll’s Eye View, and A Wolf at the Door. She is also the author of a number of novels for adults. Delia lives in New York, New York, and is available to give readings, school and library visits, and teach workshops.
|Publisher:||Small Beer Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 15 Years|
About the Author
Delia Sherman is the author of two middle grade novels, Changeling and The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen, which was selected for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program. Her short stories for younger readers have appeared in numerous anthologies including The Faery Reel, Firebirds, Troll’s Eye View, Coyote Road, and A Wolf at the Door. She is also the author of a number of novels for adults as well as the co-editor of two Interfictions anthologies, among others. Delia Sherman lives in NYC and is available to give readings, school and library visits, and teach workshops.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is absolutely wonderful. Fascinating and engrossing, it tells the story of Sophie, who gets transported from the 1960s deep South to the 1880s where her tan leads her to be taken for a slave. Somehow Delia happens to catch every level of the story from Sophie's personal growth to each area of slave life and what it does to the individuals, not just the slaves, showing how it corrupts the psyches of the owners and the other whites who work there. By the end of the book, Sophie has grown stronger and found what freedom really means. It's for ALL ages.
This is a riveting, fearless, and masterful novel. And I loved its heroine, Sophie, completely. -Nancy Werlin
This is must read for everyone. It gives a very real view of slavery and the South. If you enjoyed 12 Years a Slave you should read this book.