The Other Side of Free

The Other Side of Free

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In 1739, having escaped from slavery under the British, thirteen-year-old Jem finds himself in the custody of sharp-tongued Phaedra at Fort Mose in Spanish Florida, but his efforts to break free of Phaedra's will have surprising results.
Publisher: Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2013
ISBN: 9781561457106
1561457108
Branch Call Number: J HF RUSSELL
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 23 cm

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An escaped slave adopts a baby owl.


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BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Before slaves escaped north, they escaped south to Florida. It's 1739 and 13-year-old Jem wants to fight for the Spanish king. But when the fighting comes to him, it's nothing at all like what he expected.

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joywolf83
Feb 03, 2014

A boy and his owl. Lol. Decent. Different. A young African-American boy who is newly freed travels in Florida and stays at a settlement in the 1700s. Rich in history that is interesting for a change. The book really picks up after page 150 or so when the two world powers at the time, the English and the Spanish, are threatening war against each other. He grows over the course of the book. A good adventure book for younger boys.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 01, 2014

Not only is the setting utterly original (not to mention unforgettable) but the characters don’t fill the same little roles you’ll see in other children’s novels. If you have kids that have tired of the same old, same old, The Other Side of Free will give them something they haven’t seen before.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 01, 2014

“Adine handed each man a jug of water. They drank until it ran down their faces, leaving tails like gray veins down their throats.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 01, 2014

"Her fingers snatched at the fronds again and again, until each strip was bent and shaped to her will."

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 01, 2014

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 01, 2014

We’ve all heard of how slaves would escape to the North when they wished to escape for good. But travel a bit farther back in time to the early 18th century and the tale is a little different. At that point in history slaves didn’t flee north but south to Spain’s territories. There, the Spanish king promised freedom for those slaves that swore fidelity to the Spanish crown and fought on his behalf against the English. 13-year-old Jem is one of those escaped slaves, but his life at Fort Mose is hardly stimulating. Kept under the yoke of a hard woman named Phaedra, Jem longs to fight for the king and to join in the battles. But when at last the fighting comes to him, it isn’t at all what he thought it would be. A Bibliography of sources appears at the end of the book.

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