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Sailing to Freedom

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Ray Ingle asks his Uncle Thad if he can go to sea with him, he knows his parents won’t like it. But they’re not around, and anything is better than staying with mean old Uncle Slye! To Ray’s great surprise, Uncle Thad agrees to take him on, and soon Ray and his pet capuchin monkey Allie are helping out in the galley of The Newburyport Beauty.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jo Sorrell
Aug 15, 2012 Jo Sorrell marked it as to-read

Sailing to Freedom
By Martha Bennett Stiles
Henry Holt and Company
245 pages with glossary

Sailing To Freedom is Kentucky's Exhibit Choice for the 2012 National Book Fest


The year is 1839 and slave ships still deliver human cargo to America’s shores.

Twelve year old Ray Ingle dreams of going to sea with his father. Father tells him he’s still too young and too short, and to appease him, he leaves behind Allie, a tiny capuchin monkey. Ray is appeased for a while, but when his mother falls ill, Ra
Phyllis Haislip
A major problem of this book was lack of maps. There is no map of the travels of the Newburyport Beauty or of Ogun’s journey. I didn’t especially like the Ogun part of the book. It was as if the writer was trying to fill in the material with the Joel Chandler Harris stories. I didn’t like the fact that the book was in the third person for Ray and the first person present tense for Ogun. I liked Allie, the monkey, puking on the bad guy. Kids could learn about the Fugitive Slave Law from the book ...more
Wayne S.
It is 1852 and twelve-year-old Raymond Justin Ingle Jr. (Ray) lives in Newburyport, MA, with his father who is captain of the clipper ship Black Skimmer, and his mother. Ray’s father returns home from a voyage, gives Ray a capuchin monkey named Allie which had been abandoned by a sailor, and then has to leave again. Ray thinks that he’s old enough to sign aboard, but his father says no, not until he’s grown a little more. After Captain Ingle leaves, Mrs. Ingle receives a letter from her sister i ...more
Dani Heller
Sailing to Freedom by Martha Bennett Stiles is a historical fiction book, but I would consider it an adventure book as well! It is set in the 1850's and follows a 12 year old boy named Ray on quite an adventure. Ray always wanted to go aboard his father's ship with him, but his parents thought he was too young. His father said, "not until the top of your head reaches the bottom of the mantelpiece, Ray." I especially loved Ray's response to this "I don't want to be tall! Tall people bump their st ...more
Jenna Sommerkamp
Martha Bennett Stiles book, "Sailing to Freedom" is an wonderful historical fiction book for children in upper elementary grade levels. The cover of the book draws readers in with its detail and color that helps illustrates the expression on Rays face.His expressions help illustrate too, the difficult journey he was involved in. From the cover, one can assume the book involves a young boy and a boat, which one later finds to be an important part of the book.

The book is set in the mid 1800s abou
Chelsea N. Smith
Sailing to Freedom follows young Ray Ingle and his adventures sailing the high seas. At only 12 years old, a part of the crew of the ship The Newburyport Beauty is the last place you would expect to find Ray and his pet monkey Allie, but that is what makes this historical fiction book such an adventure! It draws you in as a reader and though you may question how Ray ended up with a monkey as a pet, you are sure glad he did. Allie the monkey adds in a bit of humor to the book and lightens up some ...more
Sailing to Freedom by Martha Bennett Stiles is a historical fictional book that captures the reader from chapter one. Set in the 1850's, the story follows a 12 year old boy named Ray Ingle as he sails on his Uncle Thad's boat in an attempt to escape his mean Uncle Slye.

Ray's father owns a ship and is sailing a lot of the time, and Ray has always wanted to be able to go to sea with his father. On the other hand, his mother does not want him to sail because she believes it too dangerous and Ray i
Jessica Berry
This book, which is set in Massachusetts during the early 1850’s while the Fugitive Slave Act is taking place, focuses on 12 year-old Ray Ingle. Ray’s father owns a ship and is usually out at sea. Ray yearns for the day when he is deemed tall enough to go on one of these journeys with his father. Ray’s mother, who he calls Mam, does not want him to sail since he is their only child. While home from one of his journeys, Ray’s father gives him a pet monkey named Allie. Ray’s father is out sailing ...more
Ali Wilcox
Sailing to Freedom is a Historical fiction book about a Young boy named Ray who has yearned all his young life to go aboard his dads boat. During the book he gets the chance to go aboard his Uncles boat along with his pet monkey, Allie. Before Ray left for the trip on his Uncles boat he overheard a man talking about a runaway slave who they are trying to catch. While aboard the boat Ray and Allie find the runaway slave and attempt to help save the day.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a great st
This novel takes place in Newburyport, Massachusetts and follows the adventures of a boy names Ray Ingle. Ray wants to sail with his father to England, but he won’t allow Ray, saying he is too short. Instead, Ray is left at home with his pet monkey. When his mother has to go to Boston for a family emergency, Ray is left with his Uncle Slye, who he does not really like. He eventually leaves to find Uncle Thad, whose boat has recently docked, and gets permission to sail with him. During his time o ...more
Chelsie Morrison
Sailing to Freedom is a wonderful story full of adventure, suspense, and just enough history to make you feel like this could have happened to you!

Sailing to Freedom is set in 1852 during the time of the Underground Railroad and the Fugitive Slave Law. It tells the story of an adventurous and rebellious boy named Ray and his pet monkey, Allie. Ray is left to stay with his mother while is father sails the great seas. When his mother is called away to take care of a sick relative, Ray and Allie a
Callie Reichenbach
Sailing to Freedom by Martha Bennett Stiles is a children's historical fiction book. I thought that it was a good historical fiction book targeted at children. The story is set in the 1800's and it is about a boy, Ray, who sails with his Uncle Thad. With Ray comes his pet monkey Allie, who is a bit of a trouble maker. Ray is aboard his Uncle Thad's ship, The Newburyport Beauty, because he has decided he is old enough to sign onto it and Uncle Thad agrees, but does not let him on without him work ...more
Jessica Westerman
Martha Bennett Stiles has a way with pulling the reader into her book, having them feel like they are a part of the journey the main character is on. This is at least how I felt when reading Sailing to Freedom. I felt like I was with Ray with his journey throughout the book.
Ray, a twelve year old boy, parents are both gone. His father is a captain of a ship that is currently at sea, and his mother leaves to help her sister in Boston. Ray and his pet monkey, Allie, are sent to his Uncles Slye's h
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Jordon Worley
Sailing to Freedom is a novel set in the mid-1800s about a twelve year old boy named Ray Ingle who lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Ray longs to sail with his father, but his father says he is still too short to go with him. His father leaves him a monkey named Allie and embarks on a journey to England with his ship the Black Skimmer. His mother has to leave and go to Boston to help out a pregnant family member, so Ray is taken to his uncle Slye's house. He escapes his uncle Slye's home and ...more
Macy Tone
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Sarah Pfingston
Sailing to Freedom is quite an interesting book. Just by looking at the cover I thought it would just be about a young boy and his money traveling and seeking out adventure, but this book really surprised me. A young boy Ray is living with his mean old Uncle Slye. He is a twelve year old boy who yearns for adventure and wants to sail the sea like his father. Ray gets his chance when his Uncle Thad allows him to come aboard his ship, which is a surprise to Ray. Once on the ship Ray is soon become ...more
This book is about boy named Ray, who goes sailing on his uncles ship with his pet monkey. It is set in the 1800s during the slavery period. While working on the ship, Ray discovers a big secret on the ship, which is a baby. The cook is hiding this baby from being found and taken back into slavery. Meanwhile another story is going on as well, about a little salve boy running from guns, and dogs, and men. Eventually the two stories tie together. This is good for older readers, because they can re ...more
This is a story told in two voices, but it is poorly done. The historical stories of New England sailing and the Underground Railroad are told from the perspective of two boys. Each voice is unique but the slave family traveling to freedom is to scantily told. Young readers just can't grasp the ideas portrayed in this book. Although it was included on our state award master list I cannot think of more than two students at my school who would enjoy reading it. I was disappointed.
Excellent! Boys would love, but girls will also get caught up in the story. i love the little pet the boy's dad gives him! Adds a funny element to the story.
Great read! This book reminds me of The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed and True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I might book talk all three together this fall.
Laura Phelps
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Patsi Trollinger
The honor was well deserved when Martha Bennett Stiles' book was chosen to represent Kentucky in the Smithsonian book festival last year. Readers will get a seafaring adventure, an admirable main character, and a compelling look at slavery from an unusual angle of vision. If that's not enough, there's a fabulous monkey!
Edward Sullivan
An engaging, enjoyable mix of antebellum history and seafaring adventure.
Gary Wallace
Full of action and adventure and funny monkey stuff.
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