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The Other Side of Freedom Paperback – October 8, 2017
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A wonderful coming of age story of learning hard lessons of right and wrong, as well as love and loyalty as Sal Scaviano and his family struggle to work their farm in Prohibition Louisiana. Join Sal as his world is thrown off its axis. Will he ever be able to right it? As I read, I found myself asking, what's he going to do? I couldn't wait to find out!
Cynthia Toney writes for young adult, but this is a must read for all, young or not-so-young. This book belongs on your bookshelf.
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About the Author
Cynthia writes for preteens and teens because she wants them to know how wonderful, powerful, and valuable they are. The Other Side of Freedom is her first historical novel. She is also the author of a contemporary series for girls. In her spare time, she grows herbs and helps rescue dogs from animal shelters. She enjoys studying the complex history of the friendly southern U.S. from Georgia to Texas, where she resides with her husband and several canines. Cynthia loves hearing from readers, who can contact her through her website www.CynthiaTToney.com.
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Ms. Toney is an amazing writer. Her descriptions and characters bring the story to life. The details are interesting and the background of Italian immigrants intriguing. Very well done!!
I can also say, being a grandchild of Italian immigrants, that the ethnic Italian-American flavor is accurate.
A lovely, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking story!
I didn’t know much about this interesting time in our history when Italian/Sicilian gangsters terrorized American communities, but was fascinated by this story and how these crime sprees affected law-abiding families of Italian descent. Besides being a captivating story, this book provides plenty of discussion topics including the repercussions that can arise when trying to do what is right, as well as the issues of: prohibition, segregation and immigration. I was given a copy of this book to read for my honest review. Bravo to Cynthia T. Toney for creating yet another wonderful, thought-provoking teen novel.
Toney doesn't waste time warming her engines before plunging straight in with her heart-pounding plot. Page one kicks off with a bang (almost literally) as our young hero Sal is finishing up his farm chores and getting ready to go inside for supper. As he turns a corner in the barn, he stops dead in his tracks by what he sees. In the distance, his father and uncle are being confronted by a group of intimidating men . . . with guns. By page five or six, the reader is biting their nails, believe me. Who are these evil guys? Why are they on Sal's family farm? What do they want? It soon becomes clear that our hero and his family are in deep, deep trouble. With every frantically-turned page the plot escalates and never lets up. But I don't want to spoil anything, so you'll just have to read it yourself!
This is a riveting tale of evil versus good, truth versus lies, and one boy's moral agony of doing the right thing even when the stakes are incredibly high. While written for pre-teens and young adults, this is certainly a book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It has become my favorite of Cynthia Toney's books, and that's saying a lot. Highly recommended.