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  • Writer's pictureStacie Haas

Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee Earns Prestigious Kirkus Star

Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

Kirkus calls Freedom for Me "A moving depiction of courage and immigrant pride amid the horrors of war."

The review further states, "Haas’ narrative brings the contradictions of that devastating conflict to life as the brothers encounter a world of complex moralities. Saved from a life of enslavement as a coolie in China, Tom feels a deep connection to the fight against slavery, but many of his fellow soldiers are as hostile to freed Blacks as their Southern counterparts. Alongside vivid descriptions of the chaos and intensity of 19th-century warfare, this stirring book explores the evolving class and racial attitudes of the time. An author’s note gives a brief biography of Joseph Pierce, the “real-life Chinese Yankee” on whom the book is based."

Read the full review at Kirkus Reviews.


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