Stealing Freedom

Stealing Freedom

by Elisa Carbone


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Inspired by a true story, the riveting novel of a young slave girl's harrowing escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

The moment Ann Maria Weems was born, her freedom was stolen from her. Like her family and the other slaves on the farm, Ann works from sunup to sundown and obeys the orders of her master. Then one day, Ann's family -- the only joy she knows -- is gone. Just 12 years old, Ann is overcome by grief, struggling to get through each day. And her only hope of stealing back her freedom and finding her family lies in a perilous journey: the Underground Railroad.

Ann Maria Weems was an actual slave who lived in the mid-1800s near the author's home in Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440417071
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/09/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 95,719
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elisa Carbone has lectured about Ann Maria Weems's life to teachers and historians.

Table of Contents

The Life and Works of Elisa Carbonev
Time Line of Slavery and the Underground Railroad in the United Statesvi
The Historical Context of Stealing Freedom--The Underground Railroadviii
Characters in Stealing Freedomxii
Chapter 11
Chapter 28
Chapter 319
Chapter 427
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 1-430
Chapter 532
Chapter 637
Chapter 742
Chapter 849
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 5-856
Chapter 958
Chapter 1063
Chapter 1167
Chapter 1274
Chapter 1378
Chapter 1484
Chapter 1588
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 9-1591
Chapter 1693
Chapter 1799
Chapter 18105
Chapter 19114
Chapter 20120
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 16-20130
Chapter 21132
Chapter 22137
Chapter 23143
Chapter 24148
Chapter 25152
Chapter 26156
Chapter 27162
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 21-27171
Chapter 28173
Chapter 29182
Chapter 30192
Chapter 31195
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 28-31202
Chapter 32204
Chapter 33209
Chapter 34213
Chapter 35218
Chapter 36223
Respond to the Selection, Chapters 32-36230
Author's Note232
Plot Analysis of Stealing Freedom237
Related Readings
from Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938241
"Harriet Jacob Owns Herself"245
"Many Thousand Go"257
"Song of the Fugitive Slave"259
"I Have a Dream"263
Creative Writing Activities268
Critical Writing Activities270
Glossary of Words for Everyday Use274
Handbook of Literary Terms281

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Stealing Freedom 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You Must read this book. But I am not sure that you will find the intrest in this book. This book is not special or outstanding. This book has lots of lesson. This book is not different from other just 'good' books. But after all, it is good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was not only inspiring but it really helps anyone- no matter 6 or 60 years understand what it was like to be a slave, during the civil war. I am 13 years old, like the main charactor, Ann Marie Weems, who is a slave on a plantation,i can relate to some things, but not a lot. I got the privilage to meet Elisa Carbone (the author) and she told me about how she researsed slavery. I think that it is an outstanding book, that you must read for yourself. PS: it is based on a true story :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this fascinating profile of a slave, it was a great book!(: Ann- maria is a really interesting character with a very deep train of thought and a friendly, goodhearted personality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book about slaves and how a girl escapes it is a heart touching story. Read it it eill keep u reading for hours
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books i've ever read!!!!
Endoannie More than 1 year ago
Fascinating read...learned a lot about runaway slaves and their motives for doing so. Based on true story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the summer of 1853, many African-Americans were under the law slavery. In Unity, Maryland, the Weems family were one family owned by planters, or owners of the plantation. These planters were Master Charles and Mistress Carol, to which they were called. On the Maryland plantation, corn, tomatoes, beets and cabbage, along with many other harvest vegetables were grown, all by the slaves and their fairly large families. Jobs consisted of growing and pruning, which were work to the men, and inside the home or slave cabin. Labor was very constant, usually from dawn till dusk, and sometimes later to finish the duties in time, risking beatings. Mr. and Mrs.Weems and their children worked a steady and constant pace. Anne Maria was one of the oldest, and one who was put to work most often. Ann Maria enjoyed the constant work and pace. She met many new people, either being brought in or being shipped out. Alfred was one slave friend that Ann Maria grew very close to. Ann Maria had various jobs, such as harvest work and house work. While in the house one day, Ann heard of a man named Mr. Bigelow. She didn¿t know what business he had at their master¿s home. Days and days went by along with the tiresome work. Harvest time was beginning as well as the Great County Fair. Ann had always wished to someday visit the fair, but that day hadn¿t come, yet. Days later, Ann got out of some work and caught up with the fair. So many people and so many things were going on. During the visit to the fair, Ann saw a strange looking man, starring at her everywhere she went. She didn¿t know who he was. She didn¿t know what he was doing. One thing that I really enjoyed about this book, because I knew in my mind that all of the events in the story actually happened in real life, to a real person. This book really pulled me into the story, making me want to know what was going to happen next. I had no real dislikes about the book, because of how real the author put the events. Being able to relate to not just this book, but any book makes, makes it a little bit easier to understand. I think I really liked this book so much was because I could relate. My grandfather has always told me about my grandfathers, and how they conducted the slaves, and how many were actual slaves. My grandfathers took many slaves to their farmsteads, and then farther north to freedom. This book, Stealing Freedom is a great and truthful book. Reading the story really made you realize what really happened in the slavery era in history. This book is not a series. I personally think that anyone would like this book if they are interested in the slavery times or adventure because of the bold and brave steps taken to freedom.
emithomp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ann Maria Weems is left behind when her family is bought by abolitionists and freed.Beyond being an inspiring story, this book is also a frank look at slavery. The detail is astonishing. From the scene where young Joseph is whipped for being stronger than the master's nephew, to young Benjamin having his father's blue eyes, the author looks honestly at how the lives of slaves and their owners crossed every day. Ann Marie's life unfolds in a very clear way. The author uses her story to advantage, and makes the day to day life and longing of this little girl into a real page turner.I would recommend this book for children 6th grade and up, with the caveat that it could lead to uncomfortable questions from the younger set.
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Love, love, love this book. One of my favorites. A MUST READ!!!
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Ann, a slave, gets separated from her family and may never see them again. She risks her life and embarks on a dangerous journey to freedom. This journey is made even harder by knowing that she¿s leaving her boyfriend behind. Stealing Freedom describes Ann¿s awful life as a slave and her struggle to be free. This is a great story that will keep you cheering for Ann and shows you how difficult it was to be a slave. This book does a great job of describing how bad slavery was. Most slaves were treated like animals. Ann¿s mom was forced to have kids so the master could own more slaves. Lots of slave families were split up and sold, even to other states. For example, Ann¿s brothers were sent to Alabama while she stayed in Virginia. Some slave owners made their slaves whip other slaves. The master forced Thomas to whip Alfred because Alfred was late with some groceries. I like how the slaves could be sly and could find ways to resist their masters. Thomas and Alfred had practiced whipping each other, but not quite hitting. They knew the master had a weak stomach, so Thomas would crack the whip a few inches away from Alfred. Ann has to take care of the master¿s young daughter. Ann tricks the daughter into studying the alphabet with her. That way, Ann could learn to read. Some slaves would run away. Part of the book describes Ann¿s epic journey as she escapes to the North. I admired one character named Jacob Bigelow. He was a white man who helped free slaves. First, he tried to buy Ann from her master and reunite her with her family. But the two men couldn¿t agree on a price. Eventually, Mr. Bigelow hired two men to kidnap her and take Ann to Bigelow¿s house. Ann had to hide for a while before she could leave the area. Mr. Bigelow fed her and gave her books to read. Every Sunday, Mr. Bigelow would invite Ann¿s family to come over and visit Ann. This is a great book that vividly tells you how much worse slaves were treated just because of the color of their skin. Stealing Freedom also makes you love and care for Ann. Fortunately, at the end of the story, Ann finally lands in Canada where her aunt and uncle live, and where there is no slavery. Anyone who wants to understand the daily struggle of slaves should read this book. S.Howard
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book on earth. You feel like you are Ann Maria Weems with so many decisions to make adn everything happening. You have lost your family and you have to care for a little girl named Sarah, she is cute but annoying. You must walk her to school, get her a drink of water in teh middle of the night... It feels so weird, yet it is amazing since you know it isn't happening to you right now. Ann Maria is sort of like me, just a little. Not really, but pretty close.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a great story, about Ann Maria Weems. I felt like I was Ann at some parts just saying, 'Come on.' or convincing myself that i can do it. This autour makes you feel happy and sad. The book also gives you a good taste of the mied-1800's and travling on the Underground Railroad. i reccomend this books to 11-year-olds or any age around that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is one of the most enjoyable, touching, and awesome stories i have ever read. I have enjoyed this book very much, and it has touched my heart. If you think that this book is 'boring' you might have not really looked into the true meaning of the whole story. This book is a book that i am sure most people will enjoy, and i know that I enjoyed it as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book about slavery. This true story is hard to belive that it ever happend! I recomend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was entralled by this book. Couldn't put it down. Loved every minute as you were never sure what was going to happen to her or her family. Understand a little bit more of how slavery really affected families. This is a true story which means a lot of research went into telling the story. You must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this book good my friend has read it but I have not ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the book Stealing Freedom was very touching. Also I thought that is was kind of sad in some parts because Ann lost her brothers and the rest of her family. Plus she falls in love with Alfred and she was kidnapped from him.