For 13-year-old Sophie, spending the summer with her aunt and grandmother seems anything but exciting. After her parents' divorce, Sophie is left with her mother's family. Expecting the worst, she soon finds herself amazed by her surroundings. As a young adult growing up in the 1960s, Sophie has grown accustomed to racial segregation and discrimination, but these views are soon tested when she finds herself able to transport back to the times of slavery. With her tan skin, Sophie is mistaken for a slave. Throughout her journey, she discovers what life was like for those living in bondage, but also unlocks her own potential.
Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze never ceased to capture my attention. I especially enjoyed the attention to detail, specifically in the historical information on slavery. The plot was confusing at times, with Sophie's journeys back in time, but the elements of fantasy were well woven into the storyline. I would recommend this book to any lovers of historical fiction, or even those looking for a strong coming-of-age story about a young girl. This is the first book I have read by Delia Sherman, but I enjoyed her clear prose and definitive voice.