When the reward is the most costly sacrifice of all ...
In a southern farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved against their will in a crime that results in the murder of an innocent man and family friend. Will Sal keep the secrets about that night as his father asks, or risk everything he and his family cherish in their new homeland, including their lives?
Amidst bigotry, bootlegging, police corruption, and gangland threats, Sal must discover whom he can trust in order to protect himself and his family and win back his father’s freedom. Sal’s family, their African-American farmhand, and the girl who is Sal’s best friend find their lives forever changed as dreams are shattered and attitudes challenged in a small community called Freedom.
|Publisher:||Write Integrity Press, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 12 Years|
Table of Contents
Table of Contents. 4
Chapter 1 - The Visitors. 5
Chapter 2 - The Question. 12
Chapter 3 - The Ride 20
Chapter 4 - Keeping Secrets. 32
Chapter 5 - Death of All Kinds. 41
Chapter 6 - The Plan. 46
Chapter 7 - The Spies. 48
Chapter 8 - Hole in the Ground 56
Chapter 9 - Hostages 63
Chapter 10 - No Right Answer 72
Chapter 11 - Legacy. 74
Chapter 12 - Scrambled. 78
Chapter 13 - Ready to Pick. 82
Chapter 14 - The Darkest Night 94
Chapter 15 - The Disappearance. 100
Chapter 16 - Everyone’s After Enzo. 109
Chapter 17 - No Sale. 112
Chapter 18 - The Porch. 118
Chapter 19 - A Big Operation. 122
Chapter 20 - A Different Kind of Prison. 132
Chapter 21 - A Long Shot 140
Chapter 22 - Proposal 148
Chapter 23 - Dilemma. 155
Chapter 24 - In the Open and Behind Bars. 159
Chapter 25 - Say Nothing. 162
Chapter 26 - The Trial 165
Chapter 27 - Two Kinds of Goodbye. 174
Chapter 28 - Chances Are. 179
Discussion Questions. 188
From the Author 190
About the Author 193
Young Adult by Cynthia T. Toney. 194
More Young Adult by WIP. 195
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mobsters in the roaring 20s with a southern country turn. The Other Side of Freedom provides suspense and tension throughout with interesting and ethnically diverse characters. Sal has a moral dilemma, tell the truth and maybe prevent the mobsters from more robbing and murdering, or obey your parents and protect your innocent father from going to jail. The relational twist at the end also made for a satisfying read.
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia T Toney takes us back to 1925, pre-Depression Louisiana and the small town of Freedom. Salvatore is just thirteen, but this son of Italian immigrants is a hard-working farm boy, whose parents and uncle have struggled to make a good life for themselves in this rural area. Prohibition is in full swing in America and when Italian mobsters come to town and demand Sal’s father’s help in their plans to rob the Freedom bank, or they will hurt his family, Sal’s family finds themselves in a moral quandary. When the bank robbery goes awry, Sal is left with a secret that could destroy their entire lives and set their family on the run. This young man must weigh up the rights and wrongs of the situation and make a decision that he and the rest of his family can live with. Sal is just discovering his feelings and attraction to his best friend, Antonina, and whatever decisions he and the family make are almost certain to affect the relationship. This is indeed a moral dilemma. I found The Other Side of Freedom to be a truly compelling coming-of-age story. The setting was beautifully described by Cynthia T Toney and one felt oneself being drawn back to the era of gangsters, the G-Men, and bootlegging across the south. The feel of the story was authentic and the action fast and furious. I particularly found it interesting to compare the experience faced by the Italian and Sicilian immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries to those of the immigrants of today. They faced discrimination and generalisation – they are Sicilians, therefore they must be gangsters and criminals, where today we see they are Arabs, therefore they must be terrorists. I also thought it interesting that Sal found some sympathy and empathy with his black friend, Hiram, in that the prejudices they both faced were somewhat similar. I particularly liked the fact that Toney offered some questions at the end of the book for younger readers to consider and reflect on the story. This is an excellent children’s story that poses some interesting moral dilemmas for young readers to ponder.
As a fan of historical fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia Toney. This story, set in the 1920s, has so many historical and time-period details, from the 1924 Ford Model T Tudor to the mention of Al Capone and the first black man elected to the US Senate. The tension begins in the first scene when Sal finds well-dressed strangers at the door. And the tension mounts from there with an attempted bank robbery, a death, sneaking and spying, and a lot of tough choices and obstacles for thirteen-year-old Sal. Toney’s attention to descriptive and sensory details makes this story even stronger. This coming-of-age story about Sal, who belongs to a tight-knit Italian family, helps readers to understand the difficulties of farm life during this time period, the ugliness of segregation, and the courage of the immigrant. It also brings out a strong message of courage and self-sacrifice. I highly recommend this book.