In 1839, visitors from miles around come to Kentucky to tour Mammoth Cave. But sixteen-year-old Charlotte, the maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, doesn't understand its appeal. As a slave, she is already trapped, and she doesn't see the point in risking being trapped underground as well. Still, she's curious when Stephen Bishop, another slave who is the cave's expert guide and chief explorer, makes some big discoveries underground, and she's interested in Stephen himself, with his quick mind and kind ways. Then Charlotte makes a discovery of her own: runaway slaves sometimes come to the hotel seeking refuge. As she helps them, she wonders if she should run away. Stephen, on the other hand, feels that he belongs with the cave and that he is free enough when he is underground. When an opportunity presents itself, Charlotte must decide whether she should stay with Stephen or risk everything for her own chance at freedom.
In this compelling novel, two young people explore what sorts of freedom they can find, even as slaves.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|File size:||191 KB|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
JEAN FERRIS is the author of many novels for young people, including Of Sound Mind, Bad, and Across the Grain, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in San Diego, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! :-) I could not put it down, the plot was great, and the charectors added sooooo much to it. I would give this book 100 stars if I could!!!!!!
It’s just a good book not much to say here.
I think that this story would be a perfect one to incorporate in a history/social sciences course. Telling the story of African-American slaves and their quest for freedom through the eyes of a young person would make the theme more appealing to young readers.
Ferris manages to strike a good balance between history and her imagination. Her prose is vivid, the characters strong, the narrative well constructed, and readers who are interested in further historical research will be rewarded with a satisfying real-life coda to the story. Ultimately, Ferris neatly sidesteps more somber themes in favor of her strong suit, romance this is a love story more than a slave narrative, a history or even a geology of the caves of Kentucky