Steal Away

Product Number: 44047
Released: May 18, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419342998
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In 1896, Mary Emmons is surprised when her grandmother takes her along to visit an old friend in Toronto named Bethlehem. Mary has led a sheltered life in New York City, far from hardship and danger. But when Mary meets the ancient woman, the personal history she shares removes the blinders from Mary's eyes, forcing the girl to recognize prejudice and injustice for the first time. As a young girl, Suzanna, Mary's grandmother, is sent to live with her uncle in the South. Seeing slaves for the first time, and the horrible way they are treated, Suzanna decides to run away, back to her home in Vermont. When she leaves, though, she is not alone. Disguised as a boy, the young slave Bethlehem escapes with her. As the story of these two brave young women is told through alternating chapters, they share the dangers they face on the perilous journey from Virginia to freedom. Award-winning narrators Christina Moore, Barbara Caruso, and Lynne Thigpen masterfully capture each riveting conflict and difficult decision.

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Author(s): Jennifer Armstrong
Product Number Z00580
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449880552

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"A powerful yet subtle portrait of life in the U.S. before the Civil War, this story examines what slavery meant to people on two of the three sides. Told in both the past and present, it is a story of innocence, loneliness, and friendship, as Suzanna befriends Bethlehem, a slave in her uncle's home in Virginia. Unaware of the risks and dangers involved, Suzanna teaches Bethlehem to read, then takes her along when she runs away, heading home to Vermont and freedom. The two girls tell their story together, in alternating chapters; their several escapes, problems, and growing friendship reveal understanding, and remorse. The narration, performed by Christina Moore, Barbara Caruso, and Lynne Thigpen, is perfectly matched to the text--we hear both characters age along with the story itself. All three narrators expertly portray the characters' range of emotions, creating a sense of the various times and places they lived in and examining the choices they made along their journey. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"