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STEAL AWAY Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, 2000

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: RECORDED BOOKS, LLC (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788732463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788732461
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,374,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on October 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is hard to put down, for Jennifer Armstrong weaves a compelling story of interracial friendships--a tale within a tale which spans 3 generations. Alternating between 1855 (when Slavery was grimly legal) and the "present" of 1896, STEAL AWAY presents readers with a literary device known shared narratives, so that each girl very has the opportunity to give a first-person account of their flight from Virginia to the their new life up North. Both their modern counterparts, Mary and Free, are captivated, as elderly women whom they love and respect recount the details of this 40-year-old odyssey; the girls share their writing-down task, as they marvel at the pages--the seal of their lifelong devotion. Will two strange girls be able to bond, by the mere act of the retelling, for it was both a physical and an emotional journey to find freedom and Home?
Thirteen-year-old Susannah is suddenly orphaned and forced to leave the family farm in Vermont, with all its precious memories of her parents, the boy next door, and her carefree existence. She must travel by train (an ordeal in itself) down to a new world, in Virginia, to the farm of her Reverend uncle, who firmly believes in the insitution of slavery. But Susannah will never fit into this genteel Southern society; she does not even know how to treat or address her own personal slave!
Longing to put plantation life and its immoral abuse of dark-skinned human beings behind her forever, spunky Susannah resolves to run away and sneak back to the only home she has ever known. But she needs the help of more worldy-wise Bethlehem, to prepare for this dangerous enterprise. Suddenly circumstances force both girls to depart together, with a minimum of preparation. Beth longs for Canada--a place on a map where there is no slavery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaylie Pearce on February 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Steal Away
I really did like this book but it was very confusing. It jumped back and fourth from place to place a lot and I often got confused. So if I had to rate this book from one to ten I would give it a seven. I also didn't really enjoy it because it was kind of dull and nothing exciting really happened. One thing I did like about this book is the way it started out it was one of the best parts of the book, it was very exciting and suspenseful. Although I liked the book pretty well it had some bad points, like it really moved way to fast and never stayed on one subject long enough so that you knew what it was talking about it was very confusing. At the end of the book it was really confusing because it mentioned characters that it hadn't mentioned since the beginning of the book so I didn't know exactly what it was talking about and I had to keep looking back. I have read books that are much better than this one but I have also read many books that are much worse. So that means that I think this book is pretty good. I also think that this book is mostly for older people to read because it is very in depth and very historic, most kids weren't alive in those days so they can't relate to it and sometimes what makes a book good is when you can relate to it. So grown ups can relate to it better if they were alive in those times but kids can't relate at all because they weren't alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on July 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
The story of two girls, a white orphan and an African American slave girl, and their friendship fleeing the South before the Civil War could be an intriguing tale. But sadly, the writer uses flashbacks and a reunion about 40 years later in order to help relate the story. I believe the writer would have been more effective if she had followed the story's narrative in 1855 and then progressed until 1896.

Sometimes, simple storytelling could be just as effective without using writer's devices like flashbacks. The book is aimed for young readers. Even though I'm not young, I was confused by how the book unfolded. While the book has a great story, it just needs to be told in a better format and revised for future readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was boring and swithes between years, which confused me, and wasnt very entertaining. It was basically the same thing all the way through the book. There are much better books available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joey on March 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book, Steal Away by Jennifer Armstrong is amazing. It is about a woman named Mary who has a flashback of her learning about her grandma's experiences while running away from home to Virginia. Her grandma is named Susanna and her parents died so she had to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. She leaves home after she realizes there is nother there for her. She runs away with a slave named Bethlehem and on their jouney they face many problems. One problem is they don't have food or water, but they make some friends along the way. Anyone who likes Historical Fiction, risk and trust would love this book. I like this book because Mary finds a whole other side of her grandma. You should read this book and make up your own mind if you like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ms. Armstrong takes the reader into the heart of tension between slavery and abolition, white and black, young and old. While fiction, the historic facts are accurate making the story work to draw readers into a better understanding of history. I enjoyed the interplay of two voices either while in the past or in the "present" of late 19th century. Good book for teachers to use with students fifth grade and up.
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