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Freedom Stone

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  124 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Lillie's papa believed in freedom-for him, his family, and all the slaves on the Greenfog plantation. So when the Confederate Army promised freedom to the family of every slave who served in the Civil War-whether they came home or not-Lillie's papa decided he had to take the chance.

But when Lillie's family got the news that her papa was killed, they weren't freed. The arm
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Philomel Books
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Suzanna Codd
Aug 19, 2016 Suzanna Codd rated it it was ok
This book was disappointing. I picked it up because I read it was about the civil war, but it isn't, it only takes place while the American Civil War is going on. Slavery was a big factor in the war but this book didn't go into the North vs South at all. It just circled around the main character, a slave girl named Lillie, and her right to freedom. I would have liked more politics of the time included in this novel. I also didn't like how magic was involved. The war is interesting by itself, and ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Nathaniel rated it it was amazing
This book was remarkable. I read it in just under 3 hours. There was never a boring part. The idea of time traveling has always been appealing to me, but adding baking was even better then just the vanilla. Lillie/Quashee was a very well written character. She was strong, independent, smart, and driven. She was great at many things while still pertaining flaws, making her feel very human. In addition, Bett was also great. She was kind, wise, and very mysterious. A baker time traveller. Very uniq ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Jenna rated it it was amazing
I absoulutly loved this book, there was never a dull moment. There are many books out there on slavery, but this book by far is the most original in my opinion. Bett the baker with her magical stone in her brick stove, very original, would have never thought of that. With the mix of love interest, action, and even a pinch of magic, this turned out to be a great read.
Sofia C
Oct 17, 2016 Sofia C rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th-grade
Summary: It was not long ago that Lillie got the news her father had been killed in battle. Freedom Stone by Jeffrey Kluger tells the the experiences of a young slave girl living on a plantation in Greenfog, Ohio. She is a strong, brave, and determined girl who knows what’s best for her family. Lillie’s father joined the Confederate Army as soon as they made the promise that every slave who served, was granted freedom for his family. But, when the war ended Lillie’s father was found with money t ...more
May 11, 2011 Shazzer rated it liked it
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Jeffrey Kluger's Freedom Stone is an odd little book. Part historical fiction, part magical fantasy, it meshes together in the story of one slave child trying to write a wrong, save her little brother from being sold and see her family free. Lillie is thirteen years old when her father is killed fighting for the Confederate army, an act that should have freed her, her mother and her brother, Plato. But when a sack of Union gold is found on her father's person, he i
This is an interesting book that blends fact and fantasy. The details about life in slavery are excellent. The author doesn't spare the harsh realities but handles slavery in an age-appropriate manner. The characters are a bit stereotypical, especially the white ones. Even so, I liked Lillie a lot and identified with her stubbornness. I admired Lillie's willingness to do whatever she could to become free and Mama's pride. The only thing I didn't like was the third person narration. I think it sh ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Freedom stone was a great book because it starts okay but then it gets so interesting that you want to finish the book.Also the book was suspenseful because I wanted to know if it was true that Lillie's father stole the coins that they found in his coat after he had died in the war. The author was really good at creating a cliffhanger in the middle of the story. For example, "A telegraph message was sent to the Big House telling the Master that upon Papa's death, he had been found in possession ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Reader rated it really liked it
A strange little bit of magical realism that I'm sure a lot of folks will be chewing over and puzzling. In the end I think it works, though. Lillie's family was promised their freedom in the event that her father, serving the Confederate army, served out his time. Unfortunately, after his dead Lillie's papa was found with Yankee gold on him, leaving his family enslaved. Worse still, a slave trader is due at the plantation and Lillie's fairly certain her little brother Plato is close to being sol ...more
Anda Rosca
Aug 19, 2013 Anda Rosca rated it it was amazing
This book takes time during the period in which slavery had still existed.
the main character in this book is Lillie who lives with her mother and little brother. Her father was killed during the war between the States. he had decided to fight so he can be free along with his family. When Lillie and her family received the new they were heartbroken. The army had also made a discovery that her father was a thief and the promise of Lillie's family being free was broken.
Lillie knows that her fathe
Sarah (Just One More Chapter)
Sep 01, 2013 Sarah (Just One More Chapter) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 12+
Recommended to Sarah by: Library
It's been a while since I've read a historical fiction novel from the point of view of a slave during the 1800s, so this was refreshing. Told from the perspective of a slave girl in South Carolina nearing the end of the American Civil War, it's a novel that really shows the bad things about being a slave, along with the fun things they were allowed to do. What threw me off a little was the fantasy element in this. (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Starr rated it it was ok
There were things that I liked and things that bothered me. The things that bothered me the most was the way that Lillie nonchalantly faced things, though the consequences if she was caught was the whip at worst and death at best. To me this was more of a watered down portrayal of slavery, and I understand that this is juvenile fiction. Though it is an ugly and tumultuous time, it is a part of the United State's history. I think if you choose to write about this time, in honor of the men and wom ...more
Mel Raschke
Lillie, her little brother, Plato, and her mother are slaves on a South Carolina plantation. Their father took a chance and joined the Confederate army, with the promise that he and his family would be freed after the conflict. Papa's been killed, but Mama and the children were expecting their freedom until word came that a bag of gold was found on Papa's body. Presuming it was stolen, freedom has been denied. When it becomes obvious that Plato may soon be sold away, Lillie is determined to prov ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
This is a magical book (literally) about a girl named Lillie, living on a tobacco plantation. Her father has been killed in a war, unfairly accused of stealing Yankee gold, and her mother is struggling to support their family without him. On top of that, her brother Plato is about to be sold to the shipyards. With the help of Bett, an old woman who bakes bread that warps time, and a certain pair of magic stones, Lillie is going to need as much help as she can get. Can she clear her father's name ...more
Jun 15, 2011 Malena rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, even though I honestly had low expectations for it at the beginning. I thought that it was just going to be another boring, sugar-coated, simple story-telling of the civil war, but it was more than that. Freedom Stone always captured my attention with the originality of the plot and emotional struggles between charcters. The magic elements also added a subtle touch of fantasy without making it sound too fairytale-ish. I think that this book is a contender for the 2012 Newber ...more
Kris Springer
Dec 19, 2011 Kris Springer rated it liked it
Either a 2.5 or a 3. Disappointed in this one. Writing was average, not amazing, and the fantasy element just wasn't believable at all. I wanted to believe, but I also kept comparing this (in its tone, especially) to Never Forgotten by McKissack, and Freedom Stone came up short. I did root for the protagonist and her family, yet the fantasy part of this story kept me from suspending my disbelief, so it really took me a long time to get through this.
Nancy H
Mar 24, 2012 Nancy H rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent story of a young slave girl in 1863 who is dealing with the turmoil in South Carolina as the Civil War progresses. Her father has died in the war but has been falsely accused of stealing money from a white man. Lillie is determined to clear his name and also to save her little brother from being sold as a cabin boy for a ship, even if she has to use some Ibo magic to accomplish her goals.
Kristina Tran

This book is very good it brings the pains of being a slave and the difficulties of being free during the civil war. Lillie and Cal have suffered a lot but they still hold there heads high and that gives the sense that they still have they're pride. The scene of the war is so detailed I can see it in my mind.
Dec 03, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: juv
I would waver on this one as a 3.5 or a 4. I liked the characters, and I found the weaving of fantasy and historical fiction to be interesting. I wonder though if the author included too many factual asides that it slowed down the pacing. I'm interested in hearing what other Newbery club readers have to say about this one.
Aug 20, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read about the Civil War on a plantation in South Carolina. One of the characters, Bett, has magical powers which she activates from a brick in her oven as she bakes cakes. Bett even allows time travel so that Lillie can clear her father of being a thief and free Lillie, her brother, and father.
Jul 26, 2011 K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Very good with a satisfying ending. A slave girl wants to find out the truth about her father--could he have stolen Yankee gold? The ancient woman who knows Aftrican secrets helps her bend time and learn what she needs to know. Lots of sensory images, but not bogged down by them.
I liked the writing style, I liked the story flow. I liked the characters. What would have made the story better would have been omitting the magical elements. They weren't believable and took away from what started out to be an engaging page-turner. I was disappointed.
Apr 16, 2011 Malissa rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge fan of anything that isn't realistic but this was a really well done story. The characters are very real, the pacing was perfect and you just wanted to know if everything worked out for everyone.
Nov 01, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
I read this book after my daughter recommended it, and it was a great read. I love reading books where the protagonist is a young girl with intelligence and courage, and this did not disappoint.
Jan 13, 2011 Betsy rated it it was ok
One Sentence Review: A disappointing mix of magic and historical fiction where the strength of the story itself should have carried it along, fantasy or no.
Aug 01, 2011 Deena rated it liked it
Not fully historical fiction, not really fantasy...not sure where it fits and it wasn't amazing enough that I want to spend time figuring it out.
Apr 16, 2011 Embrc rated it really liked it
Shelves: philomel
Spirited characters, well written with lots of historical research. Mix of fantasy, drama and history. Starred review in Booklist. Ages 9+ -AM
Jul 12, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2011-new
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Jeffrey Kluger is a senior writer for TIME. He joined TIME as a contributor in 1996, and was named a senior writer in 1998. He has written a number of cover stories, including reports on the connection between sex and health, the Mars Pathfinder landing, the loss of the shuttle Columbia, and the collision aboard the Mir space station.

In 2002, Mr. Kluger along with two other colleagues, won First P
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