Soon Be Free by Lois Ruby

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

I ask you, why do weird things always happen to me?

Thirteen-year-old Dana Shannon is no stranger to intrigue. Not long ago she discovered a skeleton behind a wall in her family's house -- a house in Lawrence, Kansas, that was once owned by a Quaker family, the Weavers. The diary Dana found in the sealed-off room revealed that the skeleton belonged to a runaway slave named Lizbeth Charles.

Now Dana's house is a newly refurbished bed-and-breakfast, and the first guests are two shady characters who believed the house is hiding another secret. When Dana gets in their way, she becomes embroiled in a second mystery, this one involving slaves and the Weavers again, and -- somehow - Delaware Indians.

As Dana tried to fit the puzzle pieces together, alternate chapters tell the story of James Baylor Weaver, a thirteen-year-old boy, in 1857. It is up to James to fulfill a promise Lizbeth made before her death. He must travel hundreds of miles to retrieve four slaves and bring them to freedom. The journey will test his strength, endurance, and courage; it will also test his character, when he has to make a terrible choice...

Readers of Soon Be Free will quickly be caught up in this fast-paced mystery-adventure that links teenagers from two different centuries.

 

About Lois Ruby

See more books from this Author
Lois Ruby is the author of several novels, including Steal Away Home, which was named an IRA Young Adults' Choice and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC). Before she turned to writing, she was a young adult librarian for the Dallas Public Library. In her spare time she serves on the board of Inter-Faith Inn, a homeless shelter in Wichita, Kansas, and sometimes teaches minicourses to seventh and eighth graders. "The place I feel most comfortable," she says, "is among teenagers, laughing." The mother of three sons, she lives in Wichita with her husband, Thomas.
 
Published August 1, 2000 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 320 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Soon Be Free

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Ruby drafts her main characters, James and Dana, with care and depth, but a number of peripheral characters are mere tracings.

| Read Full Review of Soon Be Free

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A companion to Steal Away Home, this book alternates between a present-day mystery set in a bed-and-breakfast and a historical adventure about a 13-year-old-boy who aids four runaway slaves in 1857.

| Read Full Review of Soon Be Free

Rate this book!

Add Review
×