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For thirteen–year–old Nathaniel, an indentured servant in colonial Virginia, life is hard. Though things improve with the help of a kind master named Basil–who shares music, books, and philosophies on equality–around him the climate is heating up. It's 1775 and colonists are enraged by England's taxation. Patrick Henry's words "give me liberty, or give me death" become theFor thirteen–year–old Nathaniel, an indentured servant in colonial Virginia, life is hard. Though things improve with the help of a kind master named Basil–who shares music, books, and philosophies on equality–around him the climate is heating up. It's 1775 and colonists are enraged by England's taxation. Patrick Henry's words "give me liberty, or give me death" become the sounding call and the American Revolution is about to errupt. Nathaniel and Basil must make a choice about joining the fight and face a larger conundrum about the true meaning of liberty. L. M. Elliott crafts a stirring narrative for middle grade readers–conveying the hopes and dilemmas of this crucial era in American history.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 9/5/2006Pages: 384Reading Level: Age 8 and Up...

Title : Give Me Liberty
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Give Me Liberty Reviews

  • Morgan
    2019-05-09 13:52

    A few weeks ago, this book was returned to the book drop at the library where I work. It intrigued me, as I love American history and the cover gave off strong Johnny Tremain vibes. It's difficult to find a historical fiction book that doesn't distort history these days, so I skimmed the author's note, found little known but awesome history facts there (which indicated a perspective I agree with), and decided to try it. Now the book. Unfortunately, I can't completely rave about how awesome it is because of a few literary flaws. First, I feel like it could have used another editing pass to refine the use of old fashioned language. That aspect was good, but not great. Especially considering the fact that she once referred to Nathaniel's unusually pale blue eyes as "weird-colored" even though according to Webster's 1828 dictionary, "weird" meant "skilled in witchcraft." My primary complaint is that she shoved in too much historical and cultural information via exposition in the dialogue. Too many characters went on for paragraphs in an "as you know, Bob" manner. Now, as a lover of American history and particularly the American Revolution, I didn't really mind the history, but at the same time, it's a sign to me that she did a lot of research and wanted people to know everything she found out at the cost of the story. I kept comparing it to Johnny Tremain as I read, and Johnny Tremain is just a better written book. But lest you think I hated this book, I actually really enjoyed it. Yes, there are literary flaws, and no, it doesn't measure up to Johnny Tremain (one of my three favorite historical fictions), but it still managed to be a pretty good book. Not spectacular, but pretty good and I don't regret the read. I liked Nathaniel and obviously I liked the historical period, and the details felt very authentic (minus the use of "weird"). It's very obvious the author spent a lot of time in colonial Williamsburg. Speaking of which, there were some moments of internal squealing at mentions of places in Williamsburg where I've been and lesser known historical figures I learned about on my trip there. (Which was 8 years ago this fall. Wow. I really need to go back.)So would I recommend it? It depends. If you love the American Revolution, are looking for a book with an accurate perspective, and are willing to overlook some literary flaws, then absolutely. Because seriously, my only complaints are the literary ones already listed. The American Revolution is a fantastic period of history and I love it. And this book reminded me of that fact. Though now I have an urge to go reread Johnny Tremain.

  • Kim
    2019-04-30 19:47

    From Sept 2006 SLJGr 5-8-Thirteen-year-old indentured servant Nathaniel Dunn arrives in Williamsburg in 1774 to work for the local carriage maker. As the royal governor and the king's loyalists attempt to control the colonists more tightly, it becomes apparent that there will be no peaceful resolution to the tension. Through his friendship with an elderly schoolmaster, Nathaniel is exposed to music, philosophy, and the political ideas of the day. While his inclination is to keep to himself and avoid trouble, he cannot help but be caught up in the events around him. One of his fellow servants is full of patriotic fervor and draws Nathaniel into the protests. The carriage maker, a staunch loyalist, becomes increasingly volatile as his business dwindles in the face of rising tension. In the end, Nathaniel must determine what he believes in and act accordingly. Elliott's engaging and highly readable novel is well researched and sprinkled liberally with renowned patriots of the period. Readers come away not only with an accurate glimpse into 18th-century life, but also with a better understanding of how the colonies cooperated. Particularly noteworthy is the way in which Elliott handles the paradox of colonial Americans fighting for their independence from England yet clinging to the practice of enslaving other human beings. She does not provide pat answers, and Nathaniel's inability to reconcile what he sees around him promises to provoke thoughtful discussion. A rich and robust piece of historical literature.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

  • Jacob Tartaglia
    2019-05-26 14:52

    If you like history then give me liberty isms the right book for you. It takes place in the revolutionary war where slaves are still taking place. The main character is nathienel who was sold into skavery and now is working for a man. Now he has a job as a horse taimer. So if you like deep fictional history then this is the book for you.

  • Kimberlee Smith
    2019-05-24 15:49

    I read this to my kids the past couple weeks, and they all really enjoyed it, especially my 9 year old daughter and son. My 6 year old son wasn't as into it, but when he tuned in completely, he enjoyed it. I'd definitely read another by this author. I love historical fiction for the kids. They can get more of a sense of what times were like in other points in history from a kid's perspective... This was a winner for the whole family.

  • Leona Ruth
    2019-05-25 19:41

    I enjoyed this book. I can't think of anything I didn't like about it, except that it wasn't Christian. I like the storyline; learning more of Nathaniel's story as we went along was nice. It wasn't one of my favorite books, but wasn't bad either.

  • Carly Glickman
    2019-05-15 20:45

    I really enjoyed using this novel to help my students better understand and relate to the Revolutionary War. Nathaniel is a great character who goes through many changes. It also has wonderful themes that can focus on the war. Definitely recommend as an educational text.

  • Anna
    2019-05-02 20:57

    Sometimes you just need a juvenile historical fiction. I enjoyed this one that explored indentured servitude as well as the beginnings of the Revolutionary War.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-19 19:39

    Nathaniel Dunn, arrives in Colonial Virginia in 1775, as tensions are rising between The king of England and the colonists. As an indentured servant, thirteen-year-old Nathaniel tries to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. Thanks to his skill with horses, he catches a lucky break and meets Basil, a kind man who teaches a wide range of students and subjects. Basil arranges for Nathaniel to work off his indenture at the shop of a carriage maker.As war approaches, Nathaniel grapples with the meaning of freedom and liberty in a country that is built on the labor of indentured servants and slaves. He thinks deeply about the kind of man he wants to be and whether or not he will join the fight. A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of America's rocky beginning. In the author's afterward, I learned that Jefferson had written words condemning slavery in the Declaration of Independence that were struck out by the Continental Congress. (I enjoy reading history now, but spent high school history classes reading novels while pretending to read the history book.) Embarrassing, but true. I enjoyed this book more than I expected to, and found the relationship between Nathaniel and Basil to be particularly touching. And, in light of American politics at the moment, the story seemed even more relevant to discussions that are happening right now.

  • Terry
    2019-05-23 20:41

    Under “normal” circumstances, life is filled with complexities for young adolescents. The year is 1774 and you have landed in Williamsburg, Virginia. Meet Nathanial Dunn, 13, parent-less, and penniless. He is forced into indentured servitude and to top it all, there is talk of war with England and rebellion among the slaves. Although the story is fictional, Nathaniel’s experiences are authentic and accurately describe the issues, events, and personalities that led to the founding of the United States of America. This is an historical fiction novel for middle-grade readers.Our reviewer (who happens to be a history teacher!): "This book is excellent. Through Nathaniel Dunn’s life experiences, the author has provided a balanced, informative, and accurate picture of the many facets of life in colonial Virginia up to and through the war for independence."To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.

  • L Frost
    2019-05-27 16:54

    Very good from historical fiction standpoint. Definitely should read the author's comments at the end to understand her research, what was real, what was a compilation, etc. My only complaint is that it was a little slow. But that may be due to the amount of history and details included which were wonderful. Loved that it was a clean book with no off color language or suggestions. Very appropriate for an older elementary student. Enjoyed and appreciated it as an adult reader too. Might be nice to have a map handy to follow the locations, if you're a true history buff.

  • Marie
    2019-05-11 19:55

    My son and I read this together and we loved the story, the characters, and the rich historical content. A great read for anyone who loves historical fiction and coming-of-age stories of empowerment. I also appreciate the author's balanced perspective of patriots and loyalists, and how she portrays the complexity and socioeconomic aspects of the political conflict of the time in the story, without sacrificing the dramatic momentum of the story. In a nutshell, this book made a big impression on me!

  • Becky
    2019-04-29 17:58

    The primary plot was interesting - a young boy who is an indentured servant from England finds his own way in pre-Revolutionary War days in Williamsburg. He is purchased by an older school master who apprentices him to a carriage maker and becomes his teacher/friend. A lot of factual history was dumped into the plot that almost took away from the interesting characters. Perhaps, as an adult, I knew the history and wanted more of the fictional story and a younger reader may have needed the various threats of Lord Dunmore to appreciate the mindset of the era.

  • Mary
    2019-05-01 16:37

    This book was assigned to my 5th grader. I love history and historic fiction and I want to see what she is learning. It is a good book for a young person to read as it explains slavery and indentured servants in a way that is not often done is a history text. The hero of the story is an indentured servant so you step into his life and his struggles of bondage for a number of years. It also takes place in Williamsburg just as the Revolution is beginning. I myself learned a few things I did not know before. For the middle school student, this is a very good book.

  • Nan
    2019-04-28 15:45

    Great story about the revolution in Williamsburg. Fast paced, lots of action and dialog. Mostly "show me" style of writing, very little "tell me." Love Basil, the schoolmaster who says that the war (and everything important) is won with words, not actions. Makes strong point of how the founding fathers kept talking about "freedom" yet never freed the enslaved Africans. Nicely weaves in famous people such as Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and others.

  • Jennifer Mangler
    2019-04-29 19:54

    I really like that Elliott made Nathaniel, the main character, an indentured servant. It brought an interesting dimension to the talk about freedom swirling around Williamsburg. Elliott did a great job showing how Nathaniel moves from being someone who wants to keep his head down and avoid controversy to being the kind of person who isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes in. It really gives the story of the American Revolution a new dimension.

  • gaudeo
    2019-05-07 18:37

    I read this book in preparation for a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, and I loved it. Based carefully on eighteenth-century facts, it weaves in a compelling story of a Caucasian boy who is an indentured servant. Best of all, it features an African American character who is a good friend of the main character, which affords an examination of African Americans' hopes for freedom via the (vain) promises of the British. A very well-written book, and not just for young people.

  • C.
    2019-05-08 15:44

    I found this book very had a nice storyline, yet I felt that all of the characters, especially Nathaniel Dunn--the main character--were shallow and dull. And while I'm getting myself started, might I spoil the fact that the 'love story' between Nathaniel and Maria, is nothing more than a pathetic crush! All and all, ok. Oh, and also, if you've been to Williamsburg, VA, you will appreciate hearing about all of the sites! :)

  • Suzie
    2019-05-20 15:39

    I thought it tied together events and people of the American Revolution in a way that was easy and enjoyable for students to read. My 5th graders didn't like the beginning but LOVED the end. I think that is because the story is about a young boy who becomes an indentured servant and the plot is quite twisted in the begininng. It is challenging text for a 5th grader but well worth the effort.

  • Anne
    2019-05-25 19:43

    This book is a gem. I think it is an excellent book for boys or girls. It would be a great companion to Chains. I love the idea of re-thinking history as it is being retold through the eyes of different social groups who participated in those historical events. The events rising up to the Revolutionary War are told through the eyes of a 13 year-old indentured servant boy. Excellent read.

  • Julie
    2019-05-16 14:53

    I liked this by the end but the first half was soooo slow and I couldn't get through it. There is a LOT of "educational" narrative and although it was interesting at times, I felt like it just slowed down the story. It did make me think about a lot of different perspectives from the Revolutionary War era that I hadn't before.

  • Melina
    2019-05-16 19:41

    This was not a book that demanded to be read in a single sitting, but it was a good plot with good characters, and an excellent retelling of the American Revolution. If you want to know more about the time period without opening a history book this is a great alternative.

  • Eric
    2019-05-25 15:59

    Super book for teens. Addresses issues such as Courage, friendship, slavery, servitude, government, linguistics, morality, war, and more. The story, told from the viewpoint of a 14-year-old boy is engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Erin
    2019-05-14 19:42

    It was ok. A little heavy-handed on the history. I am not sure that kids who are not interested in historical fiction would enjoy this. Seems like it was well researched, and it was a nice refresher for me on Revolutionary War elements. But I've read better historical fiction.

  • Madison
    2019-05-17 13:00

    So far Give Me Liberty is very interesting and has lots of details in it. I gave this book a 5 star rating because one of my friends has read this book before and they said it was really good so I trust them and am giving this book 5 stars.

  • Sherrie Rebel
    2019-05-21 16:00

    This is a great read for students. It's based on events during the American Revolution while focusing on Williamsburg. This ties in great for our virtual visit to Colonial Williamsburg. I'm looking forward to recommending this to students next year.

  • Tracie
    2019-05-11 14:34

    I enjoyed reading about Nathaniel's journey as he grows from someone reacting to life into a thinker and doer. His growth parallels the struggles going on in the larger picture as the new colonies begin to rebel against the British.

  • Liz
    2019-04-28 13:55

    Great YA historical fiction!! Best explaination of why we fought Rev War! Great intro to Williamsburg. As parents, both my husband and I loved it and our 8 yr old son -- who got us into it -- was fascinated. Thank you Laura Elliott.

  • Laura Petto
    2019-05-27 12:49

    My goodness! This came quite quite unexpectedly in my mailbox today. I had forgotten that she had said that she would send it to me! What a nice surprise and inscription that she wrote. Really made my day (which, incidentally, I spent at a re-enactment.)

  • Michael Blanchard
    2019-05-10 15:42

    This book is about an indentured servent who finds freedom after a long journy. I only rated it 3 starts because it started off really slow until about half way through. Its kinda cool how the author decribes what it was like to be the main character in this book.

  • Ty Zeiter
    2019-05-14 13:50

    L.M. Elliott is an amazing writer! Even though this book written for middle-school kids... I felt myself quickly wrapped up into the plot and the struggle of the characters. She has a way with words that is just beautiful. Just imagine what she could produce if she wrote adult books! AMAZING!