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The Color of Freedom

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Fourteen-year-old Meadow Wynn McKenzie hates the British. Turned off her Irish farm and forced to book passage to America as an indentured servant, Meadow understands why the rebels wish to throw off the yoke of King George’s rule. But is freedom worth the cost?

Then, forced to flee her master, Meadow disguises herself as a boy and takes up with a traveling tinker. While w
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 2011 by Candle Star Press (first published February 17th 2011)
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Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main character in The Color of Freedom is young Meadow McKenzie, a red haired girl from Ireland who is taken into indentured servitude in America. When she denies the advances of the master of her household, she has to get away to save her life. She sets off on foot, disguised as a boy called Wynn (her middle name), to make it to Boston where her father lives.

In the meantime, due to the Boston Tea Party and other conflicts between the British and the Colonies, war is starting to brew around
Barbara Ann
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was greatly impressed with this work of historical fiction intended for children and adults age ten and up. While I had not previously read any of this author’s works, I found the language to be crisp and refreshing and the pace just right. The physical descriptions allow the reader to visualize these colorful characters living in Massachusetts, 1774, poised on the brink of rebellion. “ A dray rumbled by. The shoes of the heavy workhorses clomped on the cobbles. Somewhere very close, church be ...more
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Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I was stationed at Quonset Point RI in 1952-53 while serving in the Navy and spent a couple of Christmases in the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument at the home of a Navy buddy. John J. (Punky) Wallace who grew up in Charlestown, in the shadow of the Bunker Hill Monument. Michelle Isenhoff's book "The Color of Freedom" was a refreshing, realistic look of the early struggles between the British Troops and the new Patriots in and around the Boston area. What a great way to bring history alive and ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an engaging and well-told story that draws you into the world of a young Irish girl, who has been brought to the American Colonies as an indentured servant.

While the world around her erupts into the violence of the nascent rebellion, what order there is in her own life dissolves, and she's forced to make a harrowing journey through a countryside wracked by conflict.

Isenhoff knows the period well, and it shows clearly in her writing. She effortlessly places her characters in a position t
Vera Godley
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
About the author: Michelle says.... "I write for kids. In my books, you can expect adventure and substance, but I'll always respect the innocence of our children."

My thoughts: It is 1775 and the American Colonies are a true tempest in a teapot of strife between the British King, the loyalists (British settlers in the Colonies), and the Patriots. Folks must truly watch their words and make certain their actions don't precipitate a loss of property, livelihood, or even death.Publisher: CreateSpace
The color of freedom is about an indentured servant from Ireland named Meadow Wynn McKenzie. After an unfortunate mishap with her master, she finds herself on a whirlwind journey to find her father in the troubled city of Boston. Along the way, she meets many interesting and colorful people, and she finds herself at the heart of the American Revolution.
Before I continue, I should mention that I won this book through a FirstReads giveaway.
I found it to be beautifully written, and chock full of
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a young, Irish girl, Meadow McKenzie, who came to America as an indentured servant, during the Revolutionary War Era. When her master makes advances toward her, she hits him over the head with a skillet. Thinking she has killed her master, Meadow cuts her hair, disguises herself as a boy and flees to Boston to find her father, who is also working as an indentured servant. On her journey, Meadow (now known as Wynn) has a brief encounter with Paul Revere. The Boston Tea Party ...more
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It's kind of weird how much historical fiction I've been reading lately. I went from avoiding it at all possible costs to seeking out recommendations for this genre. So when I saw a book blog call this a 'clean indie read', and I saw that it was Historical Fiction, well, I was pretty excited!

Anyway, The Color Of Freedom offers a unique look at the Revolutionary War. It focuses more on the prejudice during that era then the actual war itself, though this isn't left out completely; it just isn't a
Young Meadow McKenzie, a red haired girl from Ireland who is taken into indentured servitude in America, finds herself running for her life when she denies the advances of the master of her household. She sets off on foot, disguised as a boy called Wynn (her middle name), to make it to Boston where her father lives. Set in the midst of the brewing war between Colonists and England, the colorful cast of characters she meets along the way are taking sides. Meadow herself is on the side of the colo ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
A young Irish girl, Meadow, escapes her indentured service to a master who makes inappropriate advances to her. She travels north to Boston, dressed as a boy in search of her father who is also an indentured servant. The closer she gets to Boston where tea has just been dumped in the harbor by the colonists, the more involved she becomes in the Revolutionary War. Fact based fiction suitable for young readers as well as adults.
Dan Rogers
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Quite often, at least in the United States, we are likely to find books that show a character's support for the American Revolution. This book was quite different in that this is not the point of view of the narrator/author. Here we find an individual, although disliking the British due to the way her family was treated in Ireland before emigrating, is not in favor of the revolutionary spirit which seems to pervade the colony. In this, it was a refreshing read and quite enjoyable as well.
Richard Ross
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although written with children and young adults in mind, I enjoyed the quick, well-written, and well-researched historic fictional account of a young girl living in the midst of the developing revolution. She and her father were serving as indentured servants in the colonies after being evicted from their home in Ireland by the British. The descriptions and experiences within 16th century colonial life, coupled with the revolutionary flavor of the day, make for an exciting read.
This was a great book. Set in the Civil War era, we get a glimpse of what teenage life was like back then.
Jean Wilson
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this young adult historical fiction account from the Revolutionary war. It was a free Amazon ebook and well worth it!
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice quick read about the american revolution from a young girls point of view. I enjoyed the book and read it in a day.
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MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for women, teens, and tweens. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. She's also placed as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Book Awards, a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and earned multiple Readers' Favorite 5 Star seals of approval. A former teacher and longtime homeschooler, Mi ...more
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