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"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."

—Nisi Shawl

"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."

—Nancy Werlin

"A subtle and haunting book that examines what it means to be who we are."

—Holly Black

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 grandmothers house, she is taken for a slave.

Delia Sherman is the author of two middle grade novels, Changeling (selected for the Sunshine State Young Readers 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, Trolls 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.

Synopsis:

In 1960, thirteen-year-old Sophie slips through a maze into 19th century Louisiana and finds nothing is as she expected.

Synopsis:

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.

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 Readers Award Program. Her short stories for younger readers have appeared in numerous anthologies including The Faery Reel, Firebirds, Trolls 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.

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Pauline Alama, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Pauline Alama)
Seldom have I read a historical fiction/time travel book so well-researched and nuanced -- and never before in the children's section.

Sophie, a middle-schooler in the segregated South of 1960, thinks she's already experienced the ultimate humiliation. Her parents have divorced, her best friend acts as though the divorce taints her, and she's going to have to spend the summer with her impossible-to-please authoritarian grandmother in the remains of what used to be their family's sugar plantation.

Then a mysterious trickster in the plantation's old maze sends Sophie back in time to 1860. Her visions of "Gone with the Wind" romanticism come crashing down when her slaveholding ancestors see her not as a long-lost relative, but as a light-skinned slave. To be fair, actually they see her as both: they identify her as the daughter of a ne'er-do-well son of the family and his mixed-race lover. But family ties do little to soften the bonds of slavery.

Sophie's family troubles in 1960 and her larger burdens in 1860 intertwine in ways that enrich character development. The same habit of defensive secrecy that helped her evade conflict with her mother and grandmother is a survival skill in slavery.

As Sophie grows through her experiences, she learns to put the family legends into perspective, and her sympathies broaden beyond the clear-cut categories of black and white that she was raised with. But she isn't sent to the past just to learn her lesson: she has to take sides and risk all to help a sexually abused slave escape.

The Freedom Maze is a gripping time travel story with interesting characters and an ultimately hopeful ending, appropriate for ages 12 to adult.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781931520300
Subtitle:
a novel
Author:
Sherman, Delia
Publisher:
Big Mouth House
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111122
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Pages:
258
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 10

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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.

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