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Set against the
burgeoning Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, and then just before the
outbreak of the Civil War, The Freedom Maze explores both political and
personal liberation, and how the two intertwine.
thirteen-year-old Sophie isn’t happy about spending the 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 mischievous inhabitant.
When Sophie, bored and lonely, makes an
impulsive wish, she slips back one hundred years into the past, to the
year 1860. She hopes for a fantasy book adventure with herself as the
heroine. Instead, she gets a real adventure in the race-haunted world of
her family’s Louisiana sugar plantation in 1860, where she is mistaken
for a slave.
President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation
is still two years in the future. The Thirteen Amendment—abolishing and
prohibiting slavery—will not be not passed until April 1864.
Muddy and bedraggled, Sophie obviously isn’t a young lady of good breeding. She must therefore be a slave. And she is.
This book feels a lot like Kindred for the Young Adult crowd: time travel; modern girl/woman turned slave; and two historical fiction books in one.
And it's SO good!
I've been trying to get my mother to read Kindred for over a year, but she has no interest in reading sad stories anymore, so she's sticking to Romance. I think I could get her to read this one, though. It's not as graphic as Octavia E. Butler's writing, and there's more of a happy ending.
There are definitely some creepy moments; you can't take a subject like slavery and make it all rainbows and unicorns.
This is the first book I've read by Delia Sherman; I will be sure to read more.