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Steal Away Home book review

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Elizabeth Comer

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Steal Away Home Book Review
By: Elizabeth H. Comer
5th Grade-D.A.T.E. Academy
Ms. Hillman, ELA
Oct. 7, 2013

Steal Away Home Kid Reviews
Book Review
In the beginning of Steal Away Home, Dana finds a skeleton and a journal next to the cot in their new house. Then Dana told her mom about the skeleton. When Dana’s mom called the police, Next, Danas’ mom told Dana to call the cops, but Dana told her mom she was the adult, so her mom called the cops. When the cops got there, they put yellow police tape on the room that said "CAUTION: DANGER".
Then, in the middle of the story, Dana tells her best friend, Ahn, about her house burning down and about the room with the skeleton and finding a very old diary. Ahn invited Dana to spend the night over her house, only if she brought the diary believed to belong to Ma Weaver, Ma Weaver is believed to be the white woman who lived in the house and protected runaway slaves. Dana agreed to stay with Ahn while Professor Shannon, friends, and neighbors helped re-build the house.
Finally, at the end of Steal Away Home, they found out that the skeletons’ name was Elizabeth Charles and her husband's name was Henry Charles. At the end of the story, we discovered that Elizabeth died of Typhoid Fever and winter conditions. Lastly, Dana and her friends, Jeep and Ahn, found Elizabeth’s headstone located at a concert they all were attending near the gravesite.
The Summary
The book, Steal Away Home, was a very exciting historical, fiction book. The characters came alive and I felt like I knew them. It is a good book and my reaction was that the book taught an important lesson. The lesson learned was to never judge anybody by the color of their skin. A social issue presented is the slave law and runaway slaves. The slave law ordered freed citizens to be returned as slaves to a white man or go to jail. Another social issue is discrimination. Discrimination was everywhere and gave loyalty to one particular group.
Ma Weaver
Smooth wisps of hair over her ears -pg.35
Had her hair in a knot -pg.58

She is friendly -pg.10
A teacher to the slaves -pg.74
A praying woman -pg.75

Ma would glare at him -pg.8
She turned hard and dry again -pg.28
She would always harbor them- pg.11
Ma Weaver is static because she remains the same. She is round becuase she has an advententerous and caring spirit.

Character Analysis
Lizbet Charles
Black- pg.5
Girl / Woman -pg.1
Tall -pg.11

Excited about learning how to read and write -Chapter 15
Curious about Ma Weavers’ husband -pg.32
Was not scared- pg.86

Lizbet went back and forth to Kansas to help slaves escape
Chapter 23
Lizbet looked after Rebecca when she was sick -Chapter 20
Lizbet helped James take care of the house while Ma, Pa, and Rebecca were gone.-Chapter 18
Lizbet is static and round because she does not change and she is described in great detail.

Reviews and Comments:
"Ruby's fluid transition and realistic portrayal of life in the present and past make this one of the best young adult books I have read in a long time." (VOYA Magazine)


In Steal Away Home the characters and settings are introduced in the exposition. We met Ma, Pa, James, Rebecca, Jeep, Ahn, Dana and the Shannon Family. The setting is in Kansas 1856. We figure out the beginning of the story when Dana finds the skeleton and tells her mom about it.
In Steal Away Home the resolution is at the end of the story. The resolution for Steal Away Home is when Dr.Baxi told Dana, Ma Shannon, and Professor Shannon the results for Lizbet Charles. Dr.Baxi told Dana that Lizbet died of conditions in the winter. Then, the story ended with Pa Weaver finding out that Lizbet was hiding in the house and that Ma Weaver was teaching her how to read and write.
Rising Action
In Steal Away Home conflicts start to begin in the rising action. One conflict we noticed was, Will the Weaver family go to jail for hiding slaves? Another conflict is, Will Solomon ever free? How did Lizbet Charles die? Why was Lizbet in that little room?  
In Steal Away Home, we find out the most exciting part of the story and the answer to our conflicts in the climax. The Weaver family did not go to jail for hiding slaves. Solomon never got free. Lizbet Charles died of Typhoid Fever. Lizbet Charles was in the little room because she was hiding from Pa Weaver, slave owners and slave catchers. 
Falling Action
In Steal Away Home the falling action is everything that is said or done after the climax. Dana had a funeral in memory of Lizbet Charles. Ma Weavers’ father died. Dana, Jeep, and Ahn went to the Governors’ concert. Dana's house burned down.

Fun Fact:
Steal Away Home was Lois Rubys' fifth novel published for children.
The exposition is the portion of a story that introduces important background information needed to understand the characters and the action.
Climax is the highest or most intense point in a story.
- the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved.
is a related series of incidents in literary plot that build toward the point of the greatest interest.
is the act determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.; the act of resolving.
Brick, Tyler. "Steal Away Home."

Ruby, Lois. about lois's books. Steal Away Home. http://www.loisruby.com/books/steal.html.

The Library of Congress. Former slaves 1936-38, published 1 Apr 2012.
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