Title: Stella Stands Alone
Author: A. LaFaye
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Year Published: 2008
"Stella Reid is fighting to save the home she loves.
After her father is killed and her mother succumbs to yellow fever, it's up to Stella to run Oak Grove, her family's plantation. Unlike most Southerners, Stella sees herself as equal to the African Americans she works with side by side in the cotton fields. The white Southerners reject her, and the freed men can't trust her after generations of enduring the horrors of slavery. So Stella stands alone as she fights for her father's dream of leaving Oak Grove to her and the slaves- and finds herself confronted with the possibility of losing the only home she's ever known.
From A. LaFaye, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, this inspiring novel recounts a young woman's struggles to save her family's land brings to light the harsh realities of the post- Civil War South."
My Rating: 5/5
I really love historical novels, even if they aren't all true or based on real people somehow the chance to live in the past to me is more exciting than reading a book about the future. Maybe that's because you know that some of the stuff you read in a historical novel, even if it's fiction, really happened. In this case there really was slavery and hate crimes based on race. It's not a happy thing by any stretch but I think that it helps me at least be more greatful for the times that we live in. Where everyone is an equal. It shouldn't matter what your gender is, what race you are, how old you are or where you come from. We all deserve to be ourselves.
Now onto reviewing the actual book. I loved this book. It had strong characters and although I wouldn't say it had suspense, it carried along in a timely matter without rushing or dragging out. I loved this book and would honestly suggest it to anyone.
THANK YOU A. LAFAYE FOR SHOWING US A TIME OF CHANGE IN SOCIETY AND GIVNG US ALL SOME HOPE!
Thanks for reading,