THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM
The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia T. Toney
When the reward is the most costly sacrifice of all.
In a southern farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved against their will in a crime that results in the murder of an innocent man and family friend. Will Sal keep the secrets about that night as his father asks, or risk everything he and his family cherish in their new homeland, including their lives?
Amidst bigotry, bootlegging, police corruption, and gangland threats, Sal must discover whom he can trust in order to protect himself and his family and win back his father’s freedom. Sal’s family, their African-American farmhand, and the girl who is Sal’s best friend find their lives forever changed as dreams are shattered and attitudes challenged in a small community called Freedom.
Growing up, Cynthia spent several days each spring on her grandparents' strawberry farm, where she learned to pick the berries and watched them being packed into pints and flats for shipping.
"Finally — good historical fiction that will appeal to male and female readers alike... One detail in this novel that particularly fascinated me was the presence of Italian immigrants in Louisiana during this time period."
~ Barb Szyszkiewicz, FranciscanMom.com
"Cynthia Toney writes for young adult, but this is a must read for all, young or not-so-young. This book belongs on your bookshelf."
~ Angela Moody, author of YA Civil War historical novel No Safe Haven
"Young adults will love this novel full of adventure and risk. They will also learn about a difficult period of American history when one law had such violent and negative consequences for innocent Italian-American families."
~ Vivian Crystal, Historical Novel Society