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Stealing Freedom

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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 gon
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by Yearling (first published 1998)
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Valerie Knight
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stealing Freedom

My granddaughter, Samantha, had read this book.. She loved it and knew I would too. We've watched the movie, Harriet, and loved it , also. This book about Ann Maria Seems is very touching. I think Ann is a very brave little girl who believes in herself.
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbon is a great book! First published in 1998 it's about 258 pages long and intended for anyone to read! Although the book might be written for more young adults, anyone could read and enjoy this book. Stealing Freedom takes place around the mid 1800's down in Maryland. Ann Maria Weems and her family are black slaves living in Maryland that serve Master Charles. Master Charles is a white man who is rather ill tempered and not very patient.
This book begins with Ann
Rebecca Douglass
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stealing Freedom is the story of one slave girl who manages to reach freedom. Based on the historical accounts of Ann Maria Weems' escape from Rockville, Maryland, to Dresden, Ontario (Canada was, in the late 1840s, the only place a slave could go to get beyond the reach of the slave catchers, thanks to the Fugitive Slave Act).

When the story opens, Ann is not unhappy with her lot in life. Food is a little sparse, and she has too little clothing, especially in winter. But she has the most import
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Sometimes you just know that a book is going to be good. After looking at the cover (I love the title) and reading the small blurb on the back, I knew. This one is definitely going to be a “hugger.” I’m happy to say that I was right. I loved this book!

“Stealing Freedom” is based on the real life experiences of Ann Maria Weems. It takes place in 1850’s Maryland. Ann Maria was a slave for the Price family along with her Mother, Sister and Brothers. Her Father was a Freedman. Ann’s life as a sla
Penn 6
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The book is about a girl and her family back in slavery. Her family gets sold away and she has to figure out how she will see them again. The girl meets people who try and comfort her in time of need. The setting is a house and a small town.

I like this book because it’s very sad and interesting. Yes, I did have strong feelings. My strong feelings were a negative reaction because the story was just sad, but loving. This book did make me feel different in a way. I should not take my life for grant
Elizabeth Rishor
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! My son had to read it for a project to turn in at the beginning of the school year for seventh grade. I read it just to be sure I could help him understand anything and it was so well written but it is the first time I ever read anything about slaves that moved me. I realize it has been years since I have read anything about it, but the way it is written is engaging and clear without really traumatizing a child. For example, there are no lengthy descriptions of beatings that might ha ...more
Elijah Caskey
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stealing Freedom is about freedom and shows that sometimes with enough hope, and perseverance you might be free. There are many other books out there that address this topic. One of the best books that covers slavery and freedom is Stealing Freedom.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This was actually a better book than I expected it to be. When I first picked it up, I did not realize that it was based on a true story. It is intruiguing and very emotional. I don't mean "balling your eyes out like The Fault in Our Stars ". I do mean emotional, as in "provokes strong feelings" concerning slavery and freedom back in the 1800s, as in what's fair and what isn't, the difference in rights and equality between black and white, et cetera.
Stealing Freedom tells the true story of An
Ann Philip
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazingly beautiful book so well written. The book has been on my shelf for over a year and I feel really sorry that I hadn't read it sooner.
The book tells the story of a young slave girl, Ann Maria Weems, who has to go through a number of hardships at such a young age. Set in the 1800s the book gives a clear picture of the Slavery that existed in the United States of America. The setting is classic and the writing is definitely a time travel to that period as it gives brief yet clear descri
Susan Phelan
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well done. Good read. I do wonder about something. I've read two books recently about Blacks either in slavery or under Jim Crow laws. Is it a trope to have a white boy hanging with the blacks, obviously without parent approval. Both books contain this. I guess I'll have to keep reading in this sub-genre to find out! ...more
Alexis Villarrial
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a 5/5 star rating because I am really into historical reads, especially during the times of slavery. This book overall gave a really in depth detailing on how people who were enslaved and their tough times throughout it.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well researched and intriguing story about the Underground Railroad.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well done. My 6th grade son is reading it. Had a refresher after reading it a few years back.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Huntley
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story of a slave's journey along the Underground Railroad. Well-written with compelling characters. ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I definitely recommend this book.
I usually hate books but this time it was different and I felt it.
Beginning: 9/10
Middle: 10/10
End: 9/10

Rebecca Bistel
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great historical fiction read - I would love for my middle school students to read this account of life as a slave and her escape on the Underground Railroad.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed quick read real story I love stories that makes the characters fight for themselves
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
good book for younger readers (a bit disturbing in parts though).
Samantha Ward
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Story of the underground railroad, interesting read.
Will Miller
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was about a slave's journey on the Underground railroad. It's a beautiful story and she eventually does earn her freedom. ...more
Madison Wells
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Stealing Freedom once Ann Maria was born her freedom was taken from her so now her and her family work out in the fields, cook clean and bath the little ones. all of the slaves masters make them sleep on the floor baskets basements anywhere as long if it's not a bed. Later in the book Ann gets her brothers Joseph and Addison in big trouble for taking one of Richards marbles so master
Charles raised his whip and whipped him both 30 times, but he stopped because of Ann crying, telling
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Stealing Freedom is about a family who is mostly born into slavery. When a couple members of the family up and leave; escaping North to Canada, the rest of the family decides they are going to "buy" their freedom instead of risking it by running away. Unfortunately, their owner has other ideas. After he breaks up the family of 7, he allows their freedom bought with the exception of the youngest daughter. This book is about the plight of Ann Marie Weems, the daughter left behind and how she attem ...more
Katie Clark
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. This book tells the story of a young slave girl named Ann who lives with her mother, father, sister, and brothers on a plantation. Ann's family are slaves who work in the fields, but her father is a freeman who also works in those same fields hoping one day to raise enough money to by his families freedom. One day, after Ann's brothers are sold and sent south, her father gets fed up and travels to meet with an abolitionist to ask them for help. The abolitionis ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my son, who had to read it for "summer reading". I started reading it with him in case he had any questions, as we've never really discussed slaves, the North and South, the Underground Railroad, or the significance of Philadelphia. (We live just outside of Philly.) I ended up reading ahead because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. I was a little dismayed that the ending may or may not have actually occurred, but I'm hopeful that that's what happened. Love this book, and ...more
Catherine  Mustread
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, historical
Based on the true story of Ann Maria Weems, born into slavery in the 1840s. As her owner changes careers from slave owner to slave trader he sells off members of her family until Ann Maria is the only one left. She is determined to travel via the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada, and she does it by disguising herself as a boy. 2002 nominee for Arizona Young Readers Choice Award. Grades 4+.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version of Stealing Freedom during my commute to and from work. Occasionally I had to take it into the house to get through a suspenseful part of the story. Overall, the story was very real. However, the "happily ever after" last chapter seemed a bit too perfect, but every once in a while there really is a happily ever after in real life. I hope this was true for Anne Marie, the slave whose story has been told. ...more
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Elisa Carbone was raised in Arlington, Virginia. She attended college at University of Maryland and also received two master’s degrees from University of Maryland, one in Speech Communication and the other in Education.
She now lives part time in the Washington D.C. area and part time in the mountains of West Virginia.

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