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Freedom Beyond the Sea

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Fleeing the Spanish Inquisition, a Jewish girl disguises herself and signs on as a ship’s boy, little knowing that she is headed for unknown waters with Christopher Columbus.

In Spain at the end of the 15th century, Jews are persecuted, robbed, expelled from their homes, and murdered. Esther, the daughter of the rabbi of Cordoba, flees from home dressed as a boy. She is the...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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A truly terrible book. Read it for a book report and it took me the entire Summer to read it since I kept putting it off. Don't waste your time. Unless you are a total history lover, Freedom Beyond the Sea is not worth your attention. A sixteen year old falls in love with Christopher Columbus who is 40 YEARS OLD. Waldtraut Lewin, what was wrong with you? Very awkward and slow-moving. I don't think I'll be reading anymore of her books.
Sixteen-year-old Esther watched in horror as her father was led away to be burned at the stake. For the year was 1492, the place Spain, the Inquisition was determined to cleanse the country of all non-Christians, and Esther and her father were Jewish. Through a bribe, Esther obtains a place on the Santa Maria, under the alliance of Pedro, a Christian boy. Esther doesn't know where the ship is going and she doesn't care. All she wants is to get as far away from Spain as possible. At every moment,...more
Chelsi Lutz
Honestly, i think its such a strange book and i didnt like it really. it was hard to stay focused while reading because anything else that was going on around me was more interesting... it was a terrible last minute decision i made. i needed to do a historical fiction book for a book report. i wouldn't recommend it to any of my peers... but hey if you like stories when a teenager falls in love with a 40 year-old man, then go ahead! i think it was super awkward...
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Odd novel about a Jewish girl who hires aboard Columbus' ship as his ships' boy. Presents the theory that Columbus was really Jewish and that his real reason for sailing westward was to find a new homeland for the Jews. See Simon Wiesenthal's book on this.
Un livre triste mais aussi un livre d'aventure...
La vie d'une jeune juive obligée de partir de chez elle, elle embarque sur la Santa Maria sous l'apparence d'un garçon...
A girl in boy's clothes fleeing the Spanish Inquisition on Christopher Columbus's ship. Intriguing and detailed.
I was a little surprised at some of the content due to the fact that this was a teen fiction book. But it was interesting.
Jul 19, 2007 Priyanshi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone
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Freedom Beyond The Sea 1 2 Jul 19, 2007 11:49AM  
Waldtraut Lewin, born in 1937, studied German, Latin, and dramatics in Berlin. She then worked for several years as the artistic director of the theater in Halle, East Germany. In 1973 she became the scenario editor of the theater in Rostock and started writing. Since 1978, she has published a great number of books for children and juveniles that have won national acclaim. Today, Waldtraut Lewin l...more
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