Freedom Maze

by Delia Sherman
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

It took me a while to get into this one because it felt so much like a first novel, even though the acknowledgements stated that she’d worked on it for nearly 20 years. This is the story of a girl who, while visiting her mother’s family’s former plantation in Louisiana, is transported back in time to the plantation’s glory days near the start of the Civil War, where she is mistaken for a slave. Sophie forms friendships with the slaves which influences her experiences when she gets back to her own 1960s world. In the end, it was a solid story and came together at the end with only a few holes that needled at me. That said, the characters were realistic and memorable and Sophie’s development in particular is believable. There is one little part where a white slaveowner tries to rape one of the slaves which makes me think this book would be better for older readers, but it’s glossed over enough that probably a younger reader wouldn’t really register what happened.

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