Moses is a twelve-year-old boy, living on a Virginia tobacco plantation in the 1850s. He knows what slavery means. Massa owns him. A shy, frightened boy, Moses knows that he and his family are nothing more than property - the same as a mule or a wagon. After the unexpected death of his Papa, a shocking surprise changes Moses's life forever. His fears turn into action as he leads Addie, his sister and their Mama on an exhausting and dangerous journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
About the Author
Currently working on another middle grade novel, she lives in North Carolina with her husband of fifty-four years, and lives close to their daughters, sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When a friend ordered me a copy of "The Freedom Stone" by Judi Howe, I didn't know what to expect. I enjoy historical fiction. But, I wondered if a book written for an adolescent readership would sustain my attention as an adult. I'm pleased to report that it not only held my attention, I found it very hard to put down. The story is told from the point of view of two young slaves, embarking on a perilous journey to freedom, who instantly captured my heart. In addition, Howe strategically places historical facts throughout the novel, educating readers while encouraging further study. Finally, "The Freedom Stone" does a fantastic job addressing the extraordinarily difficult topic of slavery in a way that is brutally honest while being sensitive to a younger audience. I'm not sure how the author achieved that balance, but it is a truly remarkable achievement. I highly recommend "The Freedom Stone" and look forward to hearing more from Judy Howe.