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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Firebrand by Sarah MacTavish is a well written young adult historical fiction novel set in 1860. This was a year when slavery was still a part of the American culture. Firebrand follows two main characters; one living in the North and one living in the South. The perspectives of Saoirse Callahan and Westleigh Kavanagh provide an interesting contrast to each other. Saoirse Callahan sets her life on a different path when she begins to investigate dangerous fires being started in the areas surrounding her home, not realizing the amount of danger she is putting herself and her family in. Westleigh Kavanagh is an abolitionist who has to make the decision between telling his father, the sheriff, that their boarder is an escaped slave or to keep the secret.
Move over Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and make room for Firebrand by Sarah MacTavish; a much more interesting read that is actually historically accurate. Firebrand is a book that I would have enjoyed reading during the portion of history class that studies slavery in America during the 1800s. Firebrand really pulled me in and kept me interested while also inspiring me to want to learn more about that period of history. My favorite aspect of Firebrand was the fact that the book would switch between the two perspectives, and it allowed me to understand how different things were between those living in the North and the South during the 1800s.